Custer State Park

13329 Us Highway 16a
Custer, SD

Custer State Park is located in the southern Black Hills of South Dakota and is considered one of the top 10 Wildlife Destinations in the World. This sprawling 71,000 acre park is best known for its herd of 1300 roaming bison.  It’s also home to elk, pronghorns, mule and white-tailed deer, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, mountain lions and burros. Wildlife can easily be seen along the popular Wildlife Loop drive and Iron Mountain Road.  Custer State Park boasts four mountain lakes and a variety of hiking, biking and walking trails. The park is also known for its scenic drives along the pig tail bridges and the needles highway. Custer State Park offers a variety of history and naturalist programs, as well as adventures like horseback riding, rock climbing, canoeing, mountain biking and fly-fishing. 

Feeding and disturbing park wildlife is against park regulations. While the animals within the park are used to visitors and vehicles, they are still wild animals.  Please remain in your vehicle or stay at least 100 yards from bison, elk, and other animals. 

Pets must be on a leash no longer than 10 feet and are not allowed in any park buildings or on designated swim beaches. Please clean up after your pet and do not leave it unattended.  Service animals are welcome.


The Custer State Park Visitors Center is open year-round is a great start to your adventure. 

Memorial Day - Labor Day: Open 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Labor Day - September 30: Open 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

October 1 - Memorial Day: Open 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 7 days a week.

Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas

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Accessible facilities
Wheel chair access
Accessible parking
Pet Friendly