Few truly wild places remain in this country. Custer State Park is one of them. Nearly 1,300 bison wander the park’s 71,000 acres, which they share with pronghorn antelope, elk, mountain goats and a band of burros. Trail rides, scenic drives, bike rides and safari tours are perfect ways to explore this impressive South Dakota attraction.


13329 US Highway 16A
Custer, SD 57730
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Reflected in clear mountain waters, needles of granite splay into blue sky above emerald forests and windswept prairies, where herds of wildlife roam free.

Round ‘em up

Watch as wranglers and rangers round up more than 1,000 stampeding buffalo during the annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup, held the last Friday of September.


Mountain Lakes

Sylvan, Legion, Stockade and Center Lakes provide ways to cool off or catch dinner. Experience summertime fun while swimming, paddle boating, canoeing, hydrobiking and fly fishing.

Let your feet be your guide

Hit the trails! Explore 71,000 acres of park land where outdoor vacation adventures and nearby hotels.

While You're Here

While You're Here

Where the Buffalo Roam

...and so do a variety of animals including deer, antelope, begging burros, elk, big horn sheep, and prairie dogs.

Cruise Along Scenic Byways

Whether it’s Needles Highway or Iron Mountain Road, discover the forest, tunnels, pigtail bridges and scenery along roads that engineers said could not be built.

Black Elk Peak

At 7,242 feet, Black Elk Peak (formerly Harney Peak) is the highest point in the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains. It’s topped by a stone fire tower and offers a magnificent view of the Black Hills. Access is available via trailheads within the park and the Black Elk Wilderness Area.

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