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Custer State Park

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A 73,000-acre wilderness that draws comparisons to Yellowstone National Park when it comes to spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife.
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
13329 US Highway 16A, Custer, SD 57730-8351
+1 605-255-4515
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were here during Sturgis bike week so it was super busy - but once you get into the park and start driving it wasn't bad at all. We did all of the viewpoints and they were stunning. The lady who took our money at...More

Thank TinaLouise_13
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed our drive through Custer State Park but were hoping to see at least one bison. I guess we just had bad timing. Even so, it’s a beautiful park. Admission is $20 per car.

Thank TravelerfromNJ2
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Loved the drive. It’s a longer drive and takes time but worth it. Didn’t see as much wildlife as I hoped but it was HOT. Still a great loop and lots to see.

Thank Chris68104
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We spent the day in the Black Hills and started here. We entered from the wildlife loop road and drove out through the main entrance. Just be aware this involves some non paved roads. First we came across the wild mules which were used to...More

1  Thank Ghiatrain
Reviewed 4 days ago

We drove through the park at dusk from the Wind Cave side looking for animal sightings. We found lots of wildlife for viewing. We came back thru the park from the other side late in the afternoon after visiting near by sites. Scenery great and...More

Thank richlee1975
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This park is a must see, but realize it takes hours and hours to get through, especially when stopping along the way.

Thank Felicia T
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We rode through here on a Tour. Wish we could of stopped to fully enjoy. It was a beautiful area with many unique rock formations.

Thank Christina B
Reviewed 5 days ago

We were in Custer so we decided to go through Custer State Park. Paid the fee to go in and it is good for 7 days. Seen some very interesting rock formations and nice areas to park and take pictures. Drove through some very narrow...More

Thank bigblue72018
Reviewed 5 days ago

The park is stunning in its variety. Do plan to enjoy the drive, bring a picnic and take time to see the wonder.

Thank Peggy C
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Black Hills of South Dakota are in no way the most dramatic mountains one can find between the Atlantic and Pacific, but my recent one day drive through Custer State Park was one of the most enjoyable mountain landscape experiences I can recall. We...More

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5 August 2018|
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Response from dplatt_12 | Reviewed this property |
Any wildlife viewing is always better early in the morning or in the evening, especially during warm weather. Although the roads in the park are open park facilities have specified hours of operation.
22 July 2018|
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Response from WeOwnAFatCat | Reviewed this property |
If you like nature and scenery, then you'll be there all day. 20 bucks to get through the gate.
Jeff B
27 June 2018|
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Response from Eric F | Reviewed this property |
For scenic drives you must do the Iron Mountain Road (drive it from south to north so that the tunnels face Mount Rushmore), and also the Needles Highway. To see wildlife do the Wildlife Loop Road. For hikes, we did Black... More