Custer State Park
Slender granite formations called "Needles" dominate the skyline. These unique rock outcroppings are an excellent place for rock climbers to push themselves to the limit. With its winding roads and small granite tunnels, Needles Highway (SD Highway 87 between Sylvan Lake and Legion Lake) provides the perfect backdrop for a scenic drive and ranks as a favorite among sightseers and motorcycle enthusiasts.
In Custer State Park, one of the largest state parks in America, you're free to roam amidst pure nature. Enjoy leisurely walks along extensive hiking trails throughout the park or climb the summit of Harney Peak, the highest point east of the Rocky Mountains. At the top is a breathtaking vista of granite peaks carpeted with evergreens and aspens.
Park visitors love kayaking, canoeing and paddleboating in the refreshing mountain lakes. The park offers horseback riding, Buffalo Safari Jeep Tours, chuck wagon suppers, gold panning demonstrations, fishing, naturalist programs and much more. Unique lodges and scenic campgrounds provide the ideal location for creating lasting vacation memories in the great outdoors.
Annual Buffalo Roundup – Friday, September 27, 2013
The annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup is the opening event of an autumn weekend full of Old West entertainment and heart-pounding adventure. You can feel the earth shake from thousands of thundering hooves as wranglers and rangers round up the park's 1,300 bison. The Buffalo Roundup is an experience of a lifetime that you have to see to believe.
For a sampling of the action, view our video.
Custer State Park Accommodations
VALID DATES: 10/1/2014 - 5/31/2015
Starting at $529.00 Family of Four
The Great American Road Trip bundles 4 national park areas in the Black Hills and Badlands Region with Custer State Park, America's second largest
VALID DATES: 4/1/2015 - 10/31/2015
Starting at $479.00 Per person/double occupancy
Seeing Mount Rushmore come into full view on a motorcycle and testing your driving skills on the sharp curves of Iron Mountain Road and the Needles
VALID DATES: 9/2/2014 - 5/22/2015
Starting at $315.00 Per person/double occupancy
Grab a flight for some serious fun in Historic Deadwood located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Located 50 minutes north of the Rapid City
VALID DATES: 12/15/2014 - 12/15/2015
Starting at $169.00 Per person/double occupancy
Just 18 miles from Mt Rushmore is Crazy Horse Memorial, a mountain carving in progress dedicated to the Great Sioux Nation