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Wildlife Loop Road

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Custer, SD
+1 605-255-4515
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Simply amazing. We started the drive right before sunset. Half way through it happened, herds and... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Lyndhurst, New Jersey
Enjoyed it

We visited early January & 3 weeks after they had a quite a bad fire. We hadn't expected it to be... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sally T
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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An 18-mile scenic drive in Custer State Park.
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good15%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bison” (605 reviews)
“wildlife loop” (257 reviews)
Custer, SD
+1 605-255-4515

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Simply amazing. We started the drive right before sunset. Half way through it happened, herds and herds of buffalo/bison crossing from one side of the park to other. We pulled over on the road along with several other cars and just watched. It was simply...More

Thank bjm1271
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited early January & 3 weeks after they had a quite a bad fire. We hadn't expected it to be open, then didn't expect to see any animals as it was getting colder & colder but we saw lots of deer & wild turkeys,...More

Thank Sally T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Herds of Bison, wild donkeys, wild turkeys and deer - all spread out around the loop and as close as you would ever want to be to it all!

Thank chmeee5
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Be prepared for a buffalo traffic jam and be patient. Resist the urge to touch because they will be that close to your car. There is no way I would ride a motorcycle through the loop

Thank Tina T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Drive the Wildlife Loop Road when you have plenty of time so you can enjoy it unhurried. Stop by the Wildlife Station Visitor Center and park rangers will let you know where to see the buffalo herd. There will be wild burros near this area...More

1  Thank TriciaWisconsin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We drove the Wildlife Loop Road at least three times during our visit to Rapid City. We enjoyed looking at the bison, elk, deer. We also had the chance to see some absolutely stunning sunsets as we were driving.

Thank CJO0501
Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

So much Wildlife. Drive slowly to enjoy them but stay back. A few individuals tried to approach buffaloes with calf’s but received a charge instead. If they turn their head towards you, you have their attention, move away. The friendly burros beg for food and...More

Thank James C
Reviewed 7 December 2017

I was really surprised at how much you can do in this corner of South Dakota, apart from Mount Rushmore, and would have liked to have more time. But you should not miss the Wildlife Loop Road, as well as the Needles Highway, which we...More

Thank Anja H
Reviewed 6 December 2017

We go to the Black Hills at least twice a year and never are disappointed with the wildlife loop. There is so much to see and photograph

Thank Dakotagirl777
Reviewed 4 December 2017

We drove through before we left Custer State Park and it was well worth in. We saw many different species of animals. We pulled over at a pull off and were just in awe at the amount of Prairie dogs and their holes. They are...More

Thank Natalie P
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Ryan D
19 December 2017|
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Response from grlsx3 | Reviewed this property |
They have sales of certain animals at specified times to control park population. Otherwise you can not remove wildlife or anything else from the park.
Dave H
23 August 2017|
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Response from larkenRidgefield_CT | Reviewed this property |
The visitor Center is open 8-8 to buy your pass. You place that on your front windshield. You can also buy it at the entrance to the wildlife loop if someone is on duty...if not, there is a self registration. I think the... More
Jenn S
7 July 2017|
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Response from Driftboat | Reviewed this property |
I was there in late Sept / early Oct - it was amazing. Wildlife everywhere. Pick late Sept and watch the Buffalo Stampede - probably one of the best wildlife experiences you can have. . . .