Custer State Park

Custer, SD

5 (5 reviews)

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Address: Custer State Park, 13329 U.S. 16A, Custer, SD 57730, USA Number: 605-255-4515 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

Hello...? Yes...who's there? Oh it's nature calling! And what spectacular nature your family will experience in Custer State Park!

The park is an amazing 71,000 acres, nestled in the Black Hills. It is teeming with stunning wildlife, and is filled with breathtaking terrain. That also means there are plenty of things to see with the family, and plenty of places to explore for the kids! It's a world of adventure right in South Dakota!

Custer State Park has a variety of terrains for you to experience - from the clear mountain waters, the grand peaks to the open ranges.

Love wildlife? You're in the right place as there are a herd of 1,300 bison roaming free through the park - be prepared - they will literally stop traffic! The 18 mile Wildlife Loop Road is a great place to explore the park in the comfort of your own car. It will take you to see some amazing parts of the park - and of course that herd of bison! (They are actually one of the largest publicly owned herds in the entire WORLD!)

As well as bison, the park have a number of other species that call it home. From the mountain goats, to bighorn sheep, elk, deer, wild turkeys, and even antelope. Make sure you don't forget your camera!

Driving is a great way to see Custer State Park, as there are a number of scenic drives that allow you to explore the various diversities of the park.

During summer, get those fishing rods out because trout fishing is one of the most popular activities in the entire park! With four mountain lakes, they give you 182 acres of amazing crystal water to enjoy! Hiking trails, and accommodation give you that little more excitement on your family day out!



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How much does it cost?



$15 fee per vehicle (valid for 7 days)



Same as adult



Annual park passes available


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Any top tips?


Try and visit the Buffalo Roundup which sees cowboys and cowgirls round up and drive all the buffalo annually!

I'm Hungry!


Keep an eye out for fun activities like the Hayride Chuckwagon Cookout where you can enjoy some pretty amazing flavors!

Healthy Eating
Why not take a picnic and enjoy it surrounded by incredible wildlife! It can be as healthy as you like it to be

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Where is it at?

Teachers corner


They have educational programs which are offered 7 days a week! A great place for students to learn outside the classroom

Need a little extra help?


If you have special needs, just the park a call to enquire. The scenic drives allow you to enjoy the park from your own vehicle.

Click here for lots more great things to do near you in South Dakota

When can we go?


Visitor Center hours vary on the month

Peter Norbeck VC closed Nov to end of March. Wildlife Station VC closed Oct 1 to Memorial Day

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