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GFP News - May 21, 2015


Custer State Park Repeatedly Gains National Acclaim

PIERRE, S.D. -- Custer State Park has long been considered one of South Dakota's most cherished locations, along with Mount Rushmore and the Badlands. It is more than just state pride, however, that makes this park special.

The rest of the world has taken notice as well, especially within the last few years. Custer State Park has been mentioned in several “must see” lists in recent years, making its mark on both the national and worldwide scene.

"Those of us who live in South Dakota have always had a special pride in Custer State Park," says Matt Snyder, superintendent of Custer State Park. "We're glad that it's finally getting recognized on a larger scale. We've had visitors from all over the country and even the world, and it's nice that these mentions reflect that."

Custer State Park earned global attention when it appeared in a list of the top 10 wildlife viewing destinations in the world compiled by Fox News. Custer accompanied such extraordinary locations as Namibia, the Galapagos Islands and Alaska. The park's abundance of bison, burros, prairie dogs, big horn sheep, pronghorns, elk and turkeys secured it a top spot.

In a Reader's Choice contest put on by USA Today and 10Best, Custer State Park won a coveted spot on the "Best State Park" list. Voters chose Custer for its famous buffalo herd and wildlife sightings, framed with the rugged beauty of the Black Hills.

Snyder said the park is well prepared for the extra attention. Crews broke ground in April for the construction of a state-of-the-art visitor center to better serve the park's growing number of visitors, which already reaches approximately 1.8 million annually.

"The new exhibits, along with a world-class film experience, will answer visitor’s questions and inspire them to explore the park on a deeper level," said Snyder. "The visitor center will further define Custer as one of the premier park destinations in the nation. We're looking forward to introducing visitors to our little slice of South Dakota heaven."

Other notable accolades for Custer State Park include:


State Parks Host Weekend Events

PIERRE, S.D. -- To celebrate summer, South Dakota State Parks are hosting events May 29-30. From a Dutch oven cooking demonstration to learning about the water cycle, families of all ages and sizes can learn and have fun.

Friday, May 29

Saturday, May 30

All events are free with a park entrance license. For more information on activities in South Dakota state parks, visit, contact the individual park office or call 605.773.3391.




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