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Custer State Park Travel Guide: 41 reviews and 104 photos

Something For Everybody

Custer State Park is a world class state park and the second largest state park in the United States in area. The 70,000 plus acres contain opportunities for great wildlife viewing, hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, camping, buffalo safari jeep rides and just scenic cruising. I can't think of another state park where in less than three hours you can observe such a variety of wildlife including antelope. big horn sheep, bison, burros and prairie dogs in their natural setting. The park even includes its own non-professional summer theater company. We were both blown away by all the park has to offer and how well kept it was.

The park was created in 1919 by Governor Peter Norbeck. He wanted people to be able and see the wildlife and majesty of the park at a driving speed that did not exceed 20 mph. While the maximum speed in the park is now 35 mph the park has been flawlessly designed to take advantage of its natural surroundings and wildlife.

The park grew in size rapidly during the 1920's as more and more land was added. It became very popular after President Calvin Coolidge it made it his summer residence beginning in 1927.

When To Visit

The park is open 24 hours a day all year. Some areas are restricted during evenings and warnings are posted to avoid driving near certain wildlife such as bison and burros after dark.

There are three great scenic drives to see the park; Iron Mountain Road, Needles Road, and the Wildlife Loop Road. All three of them are worth seeing. Each of them will take you a little over an hour depending on how often you stop.

Cost of admission is $ 15 for a one to seven day pass. An annual park pass is $ 28 and is non-transferable. A transferable park pass is $ 60.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great Wildlife, Amazingly Designed Scenic Roads, Lots to Do
  • Cons:Isolated from Big Cities
  • In a nutshell:Worth Spending A Full Day or More
  • Last visit to Custer State Park: Sep 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Enjoyed your photo's and writings on the Park. We drove through here on a tour and saw many Buffalo, just wished we could have spent a day in the park.

    • TooTallFinn24's Profile Photo
      Feb 21, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      Thanks Dee for stopping by ! I couldn't believe all the wildlife that you can see in South Dakota!

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Feb 21, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      Yes, It is wonderful, especially for tourist's like us!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Great page. I need to revisit these areas again. Always love seeing the Bison and Mount Rushmore!

  • TooTallFinn24's Profile Photo
    Dec 27, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Merci beaucoup Cathy! Rhubarb is not well liked by most Americans. However my father used to grow it back in our yard and cook it hot, cold, or make it into pie.

  • CatherineReichardt's Profile Photo
    Dec 26, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    Yum, Steven!
    If I might offer my favourite rhubarb tip? Prepare it with some chopped up stem ginger (the sections of root that come in jars of syrup) and then pour some of the syrup over the ginger before adding a crumble topping (I think you call it 'crisp' in the US?)
    An absolute crowdpleaser with a certain je ne sais quoi!


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