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Wildlife Loop Road

Features Animals
Custer, SD
+1 605-255-4515
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What an Experience - Caution Drive through Wild Animal Park

So much Wildlife. Drive slowly to enjoy them but stay back. A few individuals tried to approach... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
James C
via mobile

I was really surprised at how much you can do in this corner of South Dakota, apart from Mount... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Anja H
Karlsruhe, Germany
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An 18-mile scenic drive in Custer State Park.
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good15%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bison” (601 reviews)
“wildlife loop” (255 reviews)
Custer, SD
+1 605-255-4515

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Reviewed 6 days ago 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

The best place to see the animals in the wild...so many beautiful things to see....i went everyday of my stay...lovely cabins

Thank toozigo
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Take your time on this drive and enjoy the excellent close-up views of wildlife in their element - we saw hundreds of Bison, Prairie Dogs, and wild Donkeys - loved it!

Thank oldranger81
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

The Tour Group had the option for this side excursion. My wife & I are very glad we choose this. The amount of wildlife we saw was amazing & we would never have this opportunity to see these large numbers of so many different type...More

1  Thank GeorgeH-LI_NY-ExPat
Reviewed 27 October 2017

You have to make the trip early in the day or late afternoon if you want to see wildlife. We saw coyotes trying their best to catch a prairie dog and not having any luck. The buffalo were prolific throughout the drive. Their were many...More

Thank Peg R
Reviewed 27 October 2017

The bison are so awesome to see, it is like time has stood still in this little piece of western history. True beauty! The funny part was we went through two times on the same trip. No buffalo to be seen on that Tuesday and...More

Thank Erika F
Reviewed 26 October 2017

We drove the wildlife loop on a late September afternoon and saw stunning scenery along with the beauty of wild animals along the way. The buffalo with there young were everywhere! If we had the time, we would have driven it again the next day....More

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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. . . .
Cheyenne M
24 June 2017|
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Response from Gloria G | Reviewed this property |
I expect it's pretty random. We saw this huge heard right arounmd the State Game Lodge at 10 a.m. and then only random buffalo as we drove the actually loop road. We saw people feeding the mule deer with the animals... More