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Wildlife Loop Road

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Address: Custer, SD
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+1 605-255-4515

An 18-mile scenic drive in Custer State Park.

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Wildlife galore!

We were fortunate enough to see many types of wildlife. We drove the loop one evening at dusk and came upon a herd of elk. There were probably 70-100 elk with several bull elk... read more

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Karen R
Monroe, Ohio
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Monroe, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were fortunate enough to see many types of wildlife. We drove the loop one evening at dusk and came upon a herd of elk. There were probably 70-100 elk with several bull elk. We were in search of the buffalo herd. That evening we did not see them. The next morning we drove the loop again. We drove off... More 

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A very scenic drive with lots of animals to view. Our first siting was a large herd of Antelope, followed by lots of deer, prairie dogs, rabbits, bison, and even a coyote. The terrain was very varied and we really enjoyed cruising this loop

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Kearns, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

During our visit to South Dakota and all the major tourist traps I found this little jem. Custer State Park was not crowded and I found out you can bring carrots to feed the wandering Wild Donkeys. IT was a highlight for my kiddos feeding those donkeys. Got so close up one of my pictures only has an eyeball of... More 

Thank cheryle h
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We love the wildlife loop! One thing we always make sure to do is stop at one of the visitors centers and ask about where recent burro and bison sightings have been. This helps us plan our route around the park and increases the number of animals we see. We also bring crackers or vegetables so that we can attract... More 

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Juneau, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is where the bison actually walked right up to the car, lots of things to see in the wildlife. The only thing we did not see was the mountain sheep, thought we caught a glimpse of one but gone before we got there so we don't know for sure

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Take the extra time and make the drive We saw a pack of over 200 Buffalo right before dusk all around and blocking the highway. Earlier we saw 4-5 Wild Turkeys with their beautiful feathers!! Wonderful;)

Thank Froomcat
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This an area to take your time, Buffalos stand in the road and we saw many along with other wildlife, the roads are well maintained

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La Verne, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bison are “tracked” by the park rangers. When visiting, all you have to do is ask where they are. You will be directed to the herd. Even at the visitors’ center, there is a large map with bison figure locators. We were fortunate to be in the middle of a herd of bison. My husband, sitting in the passenger’s seat... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the third or fourth time we've driven the wildlife loop, I think this time we saw the most variety of animals. We spotted many buffalo, antelope, burros, big horn sheep, prairie dogs and deer.

Thank Christina O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were lucky. We saw a lot of bizons, pronghorns, prairydogs, deer and donkeys. Besides that it's a beautiful State Park. When you are in Custer you must visit this park.

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