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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: A 73,000-acre wilderness that draws comparisons to Yellowstone National Park when it comes to spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife.
Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

I recommend at least a three day visit. You pay for a 7 day pass, so why not make the most of it. There is plenty to explore in the 71,000 acres. Be sure to go to the Visitor Center early on. Watch the 20 minute movie narrated by Kevin Costner. It is world class; shows every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour. Ask the volunteers there where to go in the park to see bison, prairie dogs, and the begging burros. They also know the best hiking trails matched to your ability. Some are easy and paved; others are more difficult and rugged. Visit the 4 resorts. Formal fine dining or casual fare is offered. If you like walleye, Blue Bell Lodge's is the best. The Game Lodge specializes in a variety of wild game. Souveniers are sold at all the Lodge's, but Coolidge Store has extensive choices including groceries. Parents with children should also spend some time at the Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center. Lots of fun activities for learning.
If you're planning a trip here I recommend taking the time to go on-line to see what is available, note your interests, and give yourself enough time to enjoy the experience. Hope this helps.

Date of experience: June 2018
5  Thank RoadCal46
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

From the Needles highway to the Wildlife loop the scenery at this park is wonderful. The Needles highway has many curves and tunnels to fit through. The highlight for me was viewing wildlife- bison, pronghorn, and burros. the second day was rainy but wildlife were actually closer to the road so great pictures. am sorry I didn't have time for more walking here.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

Breathtaking scenery, switchback after switchback, beautiful Sylvan Lake, calm and serene, one lane tunnels, lots of pullouts.. an awesome drive. Regrettably we didn’t see the buffalo. We went around the whole drive twice once in the rain. Lots of good souvenir shopping along the way. Favourite sights in the Black Hills even though we loved the entire area.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

We were visiting the Black Hills area and Custer State Park was on our to-do list. After paying the fee to get into the park, we began looking at the maps (which are provided) to see where we needed to go. It was quickly evident that the park is still recovering from the massive wildfires back in December. The park had a fire that burned over 50,000 of the close 74,000 acres in the park and surrounding areas. The progress that has been made in that short amount of time was remarkable, but they still have a long way to go. We missed the panhandling burros on our drive through Wildlife Loop and later discovered that all of the burros were injured in the fire, and had to be treated by local vets for an extended length of time. There is a lot to do and see in Custer State Park. We were only there for a couple of hours, so there is no way I can hit on most of the hot spots within the park. This would be a good visit for the entire day, if you have the time, to discover all the hidden gems Custer State Park has to offer. I will definitely stop in, if I'm in the area again, to see how it has continued to recover from the devastating fires.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank KY_EMT
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Reviewed 24 June 2018

We drove the nature trail loop and enjoyed seeing. Buffalo, Pronghorn, Prairie Dogs, Wild Turkeys, Begging Burrows and Big Horn Sheep. The wildlife roams free, so you are likely to see them anywhere in the park. We also fished 2 of the lakes that are in the park, catching fish at both lakes. We love it here and you will too if you love nature.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Revia D
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