Custer State Park in South Dakota
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Custer State Park in South Dakota is the crowning jewel
of the Black Hills.

Best in hiking, scenic driving, and wildlife watching

The Wildlife at Custer State Park!

Begging Burro Baby...awwww, sooo CUTE!! You can find the beggin burros off of the
Wildlife Loop road in Custer State Park

Custer State Park Wildlife Watching

We love doing all the above mentioned, but our favorite part of the park is wildlife watching! We really are animal lovers and we love coming to the park to see the animals! Our daughter loves the bison, but she really loves feeding the donkeys! All summer long there is no bread thrown out at our house, it is recycled into burro food!

Animals you can expect to see while visiting are:

  • Buffalo
  • White tail and Mule deer
  • Coyotes
  • Antelope
  • Turkey
  • Mountain Lion (rare)
  • Rattlesnakes (not as rare)
  • Elk (Windcave area)
  • Prairie dogs
  • Bighorn Sheep
  • Mountain Goats
  • Raptors such as the Red Tailed Hawk and the Eagle
  • Owls (look for them early evenings especially)

Buffalo can be ANYWHERE throughout the Park, but they are most commonly and consistently
found on Wildlife Loop Road and oftentimes all over the Game Lodge area, and the Coolidge Visitors Center.

Make sure you eat up before you hit Custer State Park, eating here can be expensive on the simple budget. There are 4 sit down restaurants (at all the lodges) and 2 simple eatery/snack shops. The snack shops are found at the Sylvan Lake Store and the Coolidge General Store. They offer wide variety of drinks, chips, hot dogs, pizza and ice cream.

Depending on where you end your day at the Park, you will be close to either Keystone, Hill City or Custer. If you are looking for fast food, then head back to Rapid City which has the largest selections of restaurants around.

If you are looking for great Custer Park Campgrounds, and looking for a real outdoors experience while you are here, then check out our campground recommendations here.

Elk are most frequently seen in the Wind Cave area.

We know that you will fall in love with Custer State Park once you come and experience it, you will be hooked too! For more information and pictures of Custer State Park watch the new video below.

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I have lived and played in the Black Hills all my life. I grew up camping, fishing, hiking, kickin it up at the Motorcycle Rallies and touring our area attractions. I want to show you the locals Black Hills, our secret  places to play, visit and eat! Please stay and browse around, and come back often too, I am always adding new reviews. Thanks for stopping by.

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