Drive the Custer State Park Wildlife Loop


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30 minute drive with sights of buffalo, burros, pronghorn, and more!

Requires a state park pass to enter Custer State Park. Animals get very close to your car, but please do not touch or feed them. A visitor center on the south end of the road has great information regarding the park.  

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Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area

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about 2 months ago

Lots of Bison and Burros!

This drive is best done in the early morning or around sunset. There are tons of bison, but even more cars, which can be a drag if you go in the middle of the day. The burros were super cute as well!


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4 months ago

Cool to see...

Cool experience if you're not headed to Yellowstone or Glacier.

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over 2 years ago

Animals Everywhere

I live minutes from the loop, and it never fails to have some kind of Wildlife! If you are lucky you might be surrounded by a herd of buffalo when you park on the road to watch them!

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about 3 years ago

Wildlife central

This loop was full of wildlife. I saw Bison, Elk, Monster bucks, and a eagle, there was much more!

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almost 4 years ago

Easiest Way To See Wildlife In The Hills

There is maybe a 10% chance that you will not see any animals on this loop. The other 90% of the time you'll get to see buffalo, burrows, prairie dogs, and the occasional elk, antelope, and deer. Please stay in your vehicle when you're near the buffalo, do not put babies in your cars, and respect all wildlife you see. The burrows are very friendly and love snacks such as carrots and other veggies!

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