Custer State Park

Custer State Park

There are few truly wild places left in this country. Custer State Park is one of them.

Nearly 1,300 magnificent bison wander the park's 71,000 acres, which they share with swift pronghorn, shy elk, sure-footed mountain goats and a band of curious burros.

Slender granite formations called "Needles" dominate the skyline and grassy meadows fill the valleys. Amidst pure nature, you're free to explore via trail rides, scenic drives, mountain bikes, paddle-boats, hay rides and safari tours.


Each September, cowboys, cowgirls and park staff round-up the park's herd of bison. They are moved to buffalo corrals along Wildlife Loop Road. Once in the corrals, the animals are sorted and some are readied for auction.


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