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Custer State Park in South Dakota

Custer State Park

Distance from hotel: 47.6 miles
Category: Activities
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Custer State Park: Hiking, Fishing and Wildlife Viewing

A destination of clear mountain waters, emerald forests and windswept prairies, Custer State Park is a recreational wonderland. Fish, swim, kayak or boat in five gorgeous lakes. Hike, bike and go horseback riding on miles of scenic trails. Cruise the park's scenic byways and keep an eye out for bison, elk, coyotes, mule deer, mountain goats, white tailed deer, prairie dogs, river otters, bighorn sheep, pronghorn and cougars. With over 70,000 acres of spectacular terrain, Custer State Park offers dramatic beauty and adventure. 


Prices -

A temporary (1-7 days) license is $20 per vehicle and $10 per motorcycle.

Hours -

Open year-round, 24 hours per day. The Visitor's Center is open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


  • National Trails Day
  • The Annual Buffalo Roundup
  • Nature Day Camps


  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Scenic Drives
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Boating


  • Where can I take a scenic drive of the area?

    Custer State Park offers a number of scenic driving areas that allow visitors to explore the diverse landscape and wildlife. See wild bison along the Wildlife Loop Road and stunning granite spires along Needles Highway. For a complete guide to the most popular scenic drives, visit http://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/directory/custerhttp://www.rapidcitydaysinn.com/atracciones-cercanas/drives.aspx.
  • Is there a visitor's center?

    The park offers two visitor centers, including the Wildlife Station Visitor Center, located on the Wildlife Loop Road and the Peter Norbeck Visitor Center along US Highway16A near the Historic State Game Lodge. For more information, visit https://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/directory/custer/sights/visitor-center.aspx.

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