Custer State Park
Custer State Park

Custer State Park

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South Dakota

Praktische Infos

Der Custer State Park liegt nur 24 km außerhalb der Stadt Custer in South Dakota am Highway 16 East. Innerhalb des ganzjährig geöffneten Parks befinden sich verschiedene Besucherzentren, deren Eintritt 15 USD pro Fahrzeug kostet.

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Things to know before you go

  • Restaurants, gift shops, and convenience stores are available at the park lodges.
  • WiFi is available in the lodges, but cell phone reception in the park can be spotty.
  • Always keep a safe and respectful distance from wildlife.
  • Do not drink from any lakes, rivers, or streams in the park.
  • Wheelchair-accessible facilities include visitor centers, toilets, showers, trails, fishing piers, playgrounds, campsites, and camping cabins.
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How to get there

The closest major airport to Custer State Park is Rapid City Regional Airport, 39 miles (63 kilometers) away, while the town of Custer is 15 miles (24 kilometers) away. There are five entrances to the park, which can be accessed via US Highway 16 east, US Highway 16A south, State Highway 87 southeast, State Highway 87 north, and State Highway 36 west.

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When to get there

Summer is the most popular time to visit the park, though afternoon thunderstorms can bring lightning, high winds, rain, and hail, so take caution regarding weather conditions. Numerous interpretive programs are offered in the summer and fall, and late September brings the annual Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival. The park is open year-round, but many visitor centers, lodges, campgrounds, and roads are closed over the winter.

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Black Hills

Rising out of the Great Plains in southwest South Dakota, the Black Hills span an area of 120 miles (193 kilometers) by 50 miles (80 kilometers), bordered by Spearfish to the north, Hot Springs to the south, Rapid City to the east, and Wyoming to the west. In addition to Custer State Park, the area is home to other attractions such as Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, and the Jewel Cave National Monument.

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