Wildlife Loop, Custer State Park
||18 Miles via Iron Mountain Road
Time To Go:
||Spring. Early in the
||US16A West (Junctions
with Wildlife Loop Road in Custer
||Bison and other
native fauna in their natural habitat
Open All Year
animals are the stars along this 17-mile loop which runs approximately
from the Custer State Park Game Lodge to SD 89 in the south. Visitors
always see bison, praire dogs and begging donkies. Other wildlife,
abundant, do not always cooperate for the viewing pleasure of human
They are, after all, running wild.
You can improve your odds of seeing
wildlife by going early in the day when many of the park's animals are
most active. The high rolling meadows and gentle foothills along
this route are also very scenic and have been used as the background
numerous Western movies.
The paved wildlife loop road is
On popular stop on the road is near its
southern-most point where the "wild" buros congregate. Though
officially wild, these donkeys always like to see visitors and bum a
little food. If you wish to feed them, take along some sliced apples.
You will be popular.