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Wildlife at Custer State park

Wildlife Loop Road

The area that encompasses Custer State Park was originally established as a Game Preserve back in 1913. Then-Governor Peter Norbeck's dream was to establish a large acreage within the Black Hills that would sustain the re-introduction of many of the wildlife species that had been eliminated by early gold seekers.

Today the park is home to over 1,300 free roaming bison (or buffalo), elk, big horn sheep, mountain goats, pronghorn antelope along with white-tail and mule deer.

Explore the park

The park offers a network of roads, both paved and gravel that provide visitors with access to much of the park and offers great opportunities to see wildlife in the natural setting. The best time to see most wildlife is early in the morning and late afternoon.

Visitors often see bison, pronghorn, white-tailed and mule deer, prairie dogs, eagles, hawks and a variety of other birds.


On the southeast part of the loop, the Wildlife Station Visitor Center gives visitors shade and information on wildlife and outdoor habitats.