Custer State Park

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13438 US Highway 16A, Custer, SD 57730, United States

Opening Hours

Open 24 hours



Introduction of Custer State Park

Custer State Park is a 71,000-acre vacation haven full of adventure, wildlife, and scenic landscapes. You’ll see a wide variety of wildlife while exploring the park, including bighorn sheep, antelope, deer, elk, coyote, prairie dogs, and “begging” burros. The park also has one of the largest free-roaming buffalo herds in the country, so it’s common to encounter a “Buffalo Jam” while driving Wildlife Loop. Book the unique Buffalo Safari Jeep ride, which takes you off road straight into the herd, for a guaranteed buffalo encounter! Custer State Park and South Dakota have been named one of the top ten wildlife destinations in the world.

Sylvan Lake, the park’s “Crown Jewel,” Legion Lake, Center Lake, Stockade Lake, and the Game Lodge Pond At each, visitors can participate in a variety of water activities. The park also has numerous trails to explore, as well as the seemingly impossible-to-build Needles Highway, which winds through a breathtaking section of the park. It’s a year-round destination full of outdoor adventures that will leave you with a whole new appreciation for the beauty that South Dakota has to offer.

Custer State Park Camping

Campgrounds provide a variety of scenic locations. Set up camp next to a rushing stream, in the middle of a pine forest, or near a mountain lake. You have a choice! Camping fees range between $13 and $18 per unit. There are no hookups


Evening view Custer State Park
CC: Social Channel of park

Custer State Park Location

Visitors coming from Custer should take US Highway 16 east. Visitors from Hill City should take State Highway 87 southeast. Visitors leaving Keystone should take US Highway 16A south. Visitors leaving Hermosa should take State Highway 36 west. Visitors heading north from Hot Springs and Wind Cave National Park should take State Highway 87.


Parking is available

Public Transport

Public Transport is not available

Custer State Park Photos

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