Drive the Custer State Park Wildlife Loop

Wildlife Loop Rd

30 minute drive with sights of buffalo, burros, pronghorn, and more!

Requires a state park pass to enter Custer State Park. Animals get very close to your car, but please do not touch or feed them. A visitor center on the south end of the road has great information regarding the park.  

Pack List

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Activities Photography
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area


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Wildlife central

This loop was full of wildlife. I saw Bison, Elk, Monster bucks, and a eagle, there was much more!

Easiest Way To See Wildlife In The Hills

There is maybe a 10% chance that you will not see any animals on this loop. The other 90% of the time you'll get to see buffalo, burrows, prairie dogs, and the occasional elk, antelope, and deer. Please stay in your vehicle when you're near the buffalo, do not put babies in your cars, and respect all wildlife you see. The burrows are very friendly and love snacks such as carrots and other veggies!

Friendly Buffaloes

I just recently moved here from California and was out driving around looking for cool adventure spots and stumbled upon "Wildlife Loop Rd". I said why not and turned down the road. After a few miles or so I saw tons of deer and antelope. Soon after, I came over this hill and there were buffalo everywhere! I was stoked to say the least. With no hesitation I drove closer and ended up being surrounded by cute, friendly Buffaloes. I was able to get some amazing pictures and videos of them, I definitely recommend taking this drive.

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound Collective.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

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