Where the Buffalo Roam @CusterStatePark


During our trip to South Dakota we stayed in the Black Hills area. We camped at a Boy Scout Camp called Medicine Mountain. Luckily it was not far from the beautiful Custer State Park! I love this park and was so glad to get take my kids there. Now the hard job of figuring out which of my many pictures to show you!

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First lets discuss the beautiful winding drive into the park. We came in through “Needle Highway”. Oh my goodness! Beautiful views, lots of twists and turns. And then Little Miss’ favorite- The tunnels. Very narrow, as in one car at a time narrow could come in. The above is the first of 3 we drove through.

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Further down the road there is this beautiful look out that you can walk the path on. The views are amazing. Leave it to my 3 to get as close to the edge as possible. Once I again I stayed back. The path was just fine for me!

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Ok last pictures of the drive. I promise! These are the last 2 tunnels we went through. I could just stick my hand out and touch the sides! We were driving a F250 and had to pull our mirrors in! But it was so much fun going through them!


Now I don’t know if you can read that but all through out the park there are these signs. See I am used to seeing Deer Crossing signs but signs warning about Buffalo is a new one! Custer State Park has some beautiful picnic areas, hiking trails, camping sites, lodges. I could go on. But one of their fun attractions is the wildlife.

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See- Buffalo roam freely! The kids were so amazed with how many there were and how big they were. One guy was even stopping traffic. We gladly let him have his way! The bottom right picture was me trying to get a picture of him from in the car. He was on the driver side of the road just taking his time passing by. Remember how I said we were driving an F250- this picture just shows how TALL and big these guys are! I was not leaning or anything and could see that much of him!

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The animals we saw were some Pronghorns and Donkeys. These guys were greedy. They blocked cars, stick their heads in the windows. There was a mom and baby and mom would not let anyone near baby. That is until my horse whisperer came along. Baby came right up to her and let her pet it, and leaned its head up against Little Miss. The kids got to feed them some carrots. I was hoping to see some Big Horn Sheep or Mountain Goats but it was to warm so they were tucked in the forest. But it was so fun seeing what we could!

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Our last stop was amazing! See those towers? We drove up to them! It is the Fire Look Out! A high point with breath taking views! It was a gravel road up there so the drive was a bit intimidating for me (my fear of heights didn’t help). But man was the view worth it. Getting to see the storm roll in. Seeing the contrast between blue skies and storm (lower left picture). Oh I could easily go there several times!

Honestly- if you have a bucket list- The Black Hills area is a must add. Especially Custer State Park! We are already talking about going camping there again sometime soon! It is so beautiful!

Be sure to stop by the park even if it is just to drive through. You can learn more by visiting their website.








~I received a complimentary pass to be able to tour the park for the purpose of this trip review. No other compensation was exchanged. Regardless the above thoughts are my own and honest opinions!~

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25 thoughts on “Where the Buffalo Roam @CusterStatePark

  1. Elizabeth O.

    That sounds like an amazing place and it’s perfect if you have kids. They can learn so many things and they can also interact with the animals! This is awesome!

  2. Elizabeth O.

    How awesome is this place! I really like the idea of staying in a place where the animals are roaming free and you can pretty much just enjoy the scenery with them. It’s a great place to relax and to live in the country even for a few days.

  3. Rosey

    I would be so amazed to seet he buffalo. I saw one in a lawn once and had to drive back to make sure I wasn’t seeing things!

  4. Eden

    The highest resort in the Black Hills is Sylvan Lake Hotel where visitors sip cocktails on the flagstone terrace among the tall pines. Guests are confronted with the delightful dilemma of not knowing where to look first: below to Sylvan Lake, straight out at the Needles, or up at the lookout tower on nearby Harney Peak. Here, too, buffalo and other native delicacies are served.


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