Custer State Park

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Custer City, SD 57730- Map It
(605) 255-4464

AAA Editor Notes

Custer State Park, 5 mi. e. on US 16A, comprises 71,000 acres of the South Dakota Black Hills and is the habitat of one of the world's largest publicly owned free-roaming bison herds, numbering about 1,300. More than 180 bird species also inhabit the park. Three scenic drives traverse the area: Needles Highway/SR 87, Wildlife Loop Road and Iron Mountain Road (US 16A). A new visitor center, 16 miles east of Custer City on US 16A, and the Wildlife Station Visitor Center, Wildlife Loop Road, offer exhibits and information about the state. The Peter Norbeck Nature Center, 15 miles east of Custer City on US 16A, offers interpretive programs, guided nature walks and demonstrations. More than 60 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails are available, and the park's mountain streams and four man-made lakes provide fishing, swimming and boating opportunities. Guided nature walks and other programs are offered. Note: For their health and safety, please do not feed park wildlife. Guided tours are available. Pets on leash are allowed. Recreational activities are permitted. Camping is permitted. Picnicking is permitted.
A 7-day license is available for $15 per private vehicle or $10 per motorcycle. Annual license $30 per private vehicle ($15 for second vehicle). Prices may vary; phone ahead. Reservations are recommended.
Hours: Park open daily 24 hours. Visitor center (on US 16A) open daily 8-8, Memorial Day-Labor Day; otherwise varies, May 1-day before Memorial Day and day after Labor Day-Oct. 31. Wildlife Station Visitor Center open daily 8-8, Memorial Day-Labor Day. Peter Norbeck Nature Center open daily 8-6, Memorial Day-Labor Day. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.