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“True to its name!”
Review of Wildlife Loop Road

Wildlife Loop Road
Ranked #2 of 37 things to do in Custer
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Owner description: An 18-mile scenic drive in Custer State Park.
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96 reviews
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“True to its name!”
Reviewed 7 August 2014 via mobile

We drove the Wildlife Loop road twice in our week at Custer State Park and we weren't disappointed! We saw MANY buffalo, deer, pronghorn antelope and prairie dogs. We fed carrots to the burros - they were our kids' favorite animals to see.

Visited July 2014
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“Do Not Miss This Road”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

Beautiful scenery, animals to delight you, including buffalo and donkeys! It was awesome! We wish that we had spent more time in Custer State Park.

Visited July 2014
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Wapakoneta, Ohio
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“A little effort = a lot of buffalos”
Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

Anyone who complains they didn't see any buffalos in Custer State Park isn't trying very hard. Truth is, you don't even have to put forth much effort to see hundreds. Here's my foolproof tips - it's what we did and we saw 150-450 buffalo every day:
The park ranger stations are located in various areas along Wildlife Loop Rd. they are usually manned at 8 am. Stop at one of these stations (you don't even have to get out of your car- they come to you) and get a map. Then ask the ranger this question, exactly as I've written it here: "Where are the buffalo"? And they will tell you. And if you did step one and asked for a map, they will open it and show you on the map where you are, where the buffalo are, and what to do so that you and the buffalo will be in the same spot. That's all there is to it. They keep track of the herds of buffalos and are updated about every 30 minutes to their whereabouts. Just ask them. They can normally tell yo usherette burros are, too.
We were there at the end of July and noticed a few patterns: We always saw buffalos in the morning. Always. (The afternoons and evenings were hit and miss for us) If you look at the map, follow Wildlife Loop Rd where it separates from Rt 87 at one of its park entrances, to its most southern tip where it starts to head back north on the right side. You'll pass Prairie Dog Town and Lame Johnny Rd. there will be another Ranger Station on your right, and 2 roads on your left. The first road is Oak Draw and the 2nd is Fisherman Flats Rd. Every morning around 8-9 a.m. we turned onto Fisherman Flats and every morning we saw buffalo there. Hundreds. One morning we were early (about 7 am) so we came down Wildlife Loop from the east side (past the airport area) and the buffalos hadn't made it across Wildlife Loop or Fisherman Flats yet. We could watch them coming from the east. We could then head on down further to Fisherman Flats and wait as they all eventually made it there and would cause quite a buffalo jam as they all started crossing the roads. Our last morning we sat as 185 buffalos crossed in front of us, and as they moved on over a hill we could look back and see 200 more coming up behind them.
Keep in mind, these aren't the drive thru safari buffalos looking for carrots. During rut season their unpredictability can be triggered for no reason. Be safe.

Visited July 2014
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Madison, Wisconsin
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“Skip the JEEP safari and drive yourself”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

We went at the end of a thunderstorm and didn't expect much to be out. This was true on the wildlife loop road for the most part. You want to get off the main road onto the side roads. That is where the JEEP's go and where the action is. If you really want to be adventurous take Barnes Road past the air field. It is a two rut track with no chance of passing an oncoming vehicle. It is a great drive however.

Visited July 2014
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Cochiti Lake, New Mexico
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“Buffalo Roam Rampantly!”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

This was a highlight of our visit to the Black Hills....to have hundreds of Buffalo walk around our car as we drove the Wildlife Loop through Custer State Park. Plus we saw looks of wildlife besides the Buffalo.

Visited July 2014
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