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Wildlife Loop Road

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Custer, SD
+1 605-255-4515
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The best place to see the animals in the wild...so many beautiful things to see....i went everyday... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Wonderful wildlife drive!

Take your time on this drive and enjoy the excellent close-up views of wildlife in their element... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Vancouver, Washington
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An 18-mile scenic drive in Custer State Park.
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  • Very good15%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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Custer, SD
+1 605-255-4515

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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

Thank adventurer4262
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was just a wonderful drive through Custer State Park. We stopped first at the Wildlife Center to get a sense of what we'd see, and then was just blown away by the vistas and the animals.

Thank GFKelly
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We take the Loop every spring in our annual Black Hills trip. The kids still enjoy it and typically ask to go back daily when there. The wild burros are the favorite of course but we’ve never failed to see plenty of Buffalo and other...More

Thank grlsx3
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Wildlife Loop is beautiful any time of day, with dawn and dusk being the best time to see animals. The buffalo seem to congregate at one intersection of the road, though I can't describe exactly where -- you can't miss it if you take...More

Thank JudyAndMikeChicago
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a way to see some amazing creatures, both large and small. Awesome views! A great family place!

Thank Debbie F
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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