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Buffalo Roundup

Annual Buffalo Roundup

Friday, September 29, 2017

Reservations for the event are NOT required.

Feel the thunder and join the herd at the annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup. Watch cowboys and cowgirls as they roundup and drive the herd of approximately 1,300 buffalo (number of animals vary depending on rangeland conditions). Not only is the roundup a spectacular sight to see, it is also a critical management tool in maintaining a strong and healthy herd.


Volunteer Horseback Crew

Custer State Park has had a long tradition of using private citizens to help with its annual buffalo roundup. Learn more

Arts Festival

At the Annual Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival, up to 150 vendors will offer for sale their fine arts and crafts including many South Dakota made products.

Start your morning with a pancake feed and enjoy on-going Western and Native American entertainment under the big top. All events and vendors will be located on the festival grounds across from the Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center.

Buffalo Roundup map

If you're going

The actual Buffalo Roundup will begin at 9:30 a.m. Guests must stay in the viewing areas until the herd is safely in the corrals, generally around noon.


Lots open at 6:15 a.m. and close at 9 a.m. Handicap parking is provided in both viewing areas. Personal vehicles are not allowed in the corrals.

Shuttle Service

After the roundup has concluded, free shuttle service is provided from the viewing areas into the corrals and back to the parking lots. Some people choose to walk.


Pancakes, sausages and beverages are available at 6:15 a.m., in both viewing areas. Lunch is served at the corrals once the buffalo are rounded up until 2 p.m. Fee for both meals.

Buffalo Handling

Testing, branding, and sorting begins on Friday at 1 p.m. and lasts until about 3 p.m. Crews will work the remainder of the herd beginning October 26.

What to Bring

Folding chairs, cameras, binoculars, layered clothing, rain gear and sun screen.

Viewing areas

You will need to determine which viewing area you will be going to prior to Friday morning.

  • North Parking and Viewing
    Head south from the Game Lodge area on Wildlife Loop Road. (See green path on map below.)
  • South Parking and Viewing
    Head east on Wildlife Loop Road near Blue Bell campground. (See red path on map below.)


Motor coaches are welcome.

Camper units

We encourage you not to bring your camper. Call 605.255.4515 for drop-off locations. If you do bring it, follow the green route on the map, and you will be parked in the North Overflow Lot and be shuttled to the Roundup.


All vehicles will depart the way they entered.


The park encourages you to leave your pet at home. If you do bring your pet, you must leave it in your vehicle.



Park entrance license required year-round

Park entrance license is not required on Friday, the day of the Buffalo Roundup.


Camping is available Custer State Park campgrounds.

Reservations: or 1.800.710.2267


Custer State Park
13329 US HWY 16A
Custer, SD 57730

Phone: 605.255.4515