Custer State Park
Custer State Park in the Black Hills encompasses 71,000 acres of spectacular terrain and is home to an abundance of wildlife. Donít be surprised if you encounter a roadblock of grazing bison in Custer State Park, a herd of 1,500 bison roams freely throughout the park, often stopping traffic along the 18-mile Wildlife Loop Road. The herd is one of the largest in the world. A word of caution: Bison can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds and can be unpredictable and dangerous. Itís safest to view them from inside a car. Besides bison, the park is home to wildlife such as pronghorn antelope, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, wild turkeys, prairie dogs, and a band of friendly burros.
Favorite outdoor activities include hiking 7,242-foot Harney Peak,
mountain biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, fishing, and chuck wagon
suppers. The park boasts scenic drives such as the Needles Highway
(SD 87), which twists and turns its way past towering rock formations and
through narrow tunnels. At the end of one tunnel stands the Needles Eye, a
granite spire with a slit only 3 to 4 feet wide but reaching 30 to 40 feet
in the air.
For detailed information about park programs and activities, stop by
the Peter Norbeck Visitor Center, along US Highway 16A, or the Wildlife
Station Visitor Center, along the Wildlife Loop Road.
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