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Custer State Park

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13329 US Highway 16a, Custer, SD 57730-8351
+1 605-255-4515
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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.
  • Excellent84%
  • Very good12%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“wildlife loop” (881 reviews)
“bison” (1,070 reviews)
“needles highway” (650 reviews)
13329 US Highway 16a, Custer, SD 57730-8351

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We couldn’t stop talking about Custer State Park after dropping in from the north end after visiting Custer, SD. The main road and side roads make for great viewing of the Forrest’s, grasslands, and wildlife. Exiting out to visit Wind Cave NP was doable then...More

Thank James C
Reviewed 1 week ago

We hiked in Custer State Park the day before Thanksgiving and it was almost like we had it to ourselves. The scenery was beautiful and we saw a good amount of wildlife. The bald eagle flying over us at the top of Lover's Leap made...More

Thank Natalie P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For those who are familiar with the film, you will recognize many of the sweeping vistas in this park. Seeing thousands of buffalo in their native environment is a highlight. Have your camera ready! There are many different animals and birds roaming the grounds. HINT:...More

Thank VanEsq12
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent 4 days in the park and did not experience even half of it. Great ranger programs and activities for the kids. Don't bother paying for the expensive Bison tours, just head on down to Swint Point road in the south park late in...More

Thank youngmomma
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This state park was beautiful. Lots of trees, you can see buffalo, and the hiking trails are beautiful. We tent camped by the lake and it was our first time. We really enjoyed it and it was a quiet campground. The cell service is pretty...More

Thank Mariah H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must see when you are visiting SDakota. The entrance is $20 I remember but as you keep driving into the park covering wildlife loop/needles highway, you would definitely see the prairie dogs, the american bison, deers. We enjoyed viewing the prairie dogs,...More

Thank Kareena417
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Breath-taking views. Be sure to drive along Needles Highway, Iron Mountain Road and Wildlife Loop. Chances are great that you'll see buffalo, as Custer SP is a sanctuary for North American Bison. If you're visiting Mount Rushmore or the Badlands, add this park to your...More

Thank Mayo-n-Tater69
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went out with my significant other for the day, and wow! It was so worth it to go through! It was great to be able to see all the bison, whitetail deer, and elk! We got so close, that if we didn't have our...More

Thank Molli G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For those in US geographically distanced from the Rockies, this is lovely park to get a taste of the mountains. Ponderosa pine and granite outcroppings cover the landscape, and the bison are more plentiful than in Yellowstone. Mt Rushmore is an American icon and really...More

Thank Carpediemsollasollew
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What an unexpected find! But you MUST have reservations! Was surprised, even when we were there in the off-season, that we could not get a same-day tour as our arrival in the area. Meeting at the State Game Lodge in Custer National Park a driver/guide...More

Thank Linda Margaret
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shauna g
8 September 2017|
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Response from John M | Reviewed this property |
You might want to consider Custer State Park, outside Custer, which is an amazing place, perhaps the finest state park in the country. Great opportunity to see some bison and other wildlife. Had some very nice log cabin... More
21 August 2017|
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Response from Teancum12 | Reviewed this property |
There are many KOA-type camp grounds in the area and all had a significant amount of RV pads that I could see. We stayed at a place called Beaver Lake Campground near Custer,SD and even though we rented a Tipi there were a... More
15 August 2017|
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Response from HikerEllie | Reviewed this property |
We were just there during the bike rally and it wasn't terrible. I mean yes, there were motorcycles EVERYWHERE but we had no trouble with traffic or anything. Still, if you want to avoid literally thousands and thousands of... More