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Custer State Park is a wildlife reserve located in the Black Hills of southwestern South Dakota. It was named after Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer and is the state's largest and first state park.

We first visited Custer State Park in 2004 and enjoyed it so much that we decided to drive through it again after we visited Mount Rushmore. After driving several miles through the park on the main road and not seeing any bison, we stopped at a ranger station and asked if he knew where they were. Coincidentally, there was a huge herd just up a side road from the station. Some were grazing while most of the others were relaxing on the grass, among them numerous calves. They have about 6 weeks to grow in size and enough fur before the weather turns very cold.

Custer State Park sign
Custer State Park sign
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Scenery at Custer State Park
Scenery at Custer State Park
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Scenery at Custer State Park
Scenery at Custer State Park
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Creek in Custer State Park
Creek in Custer State Park
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Scenery at Custer State Park
Scenery at Custer State Park
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CCC sign
CCC sign
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Creek in Custer State Park
Creek in Custer State Park
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Creek in Custer State Park
Creek in Custer State Park
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Scenery at Custer State Park
Scenery at Custer State Park
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Deer
Deer
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Bison at Custer State Park
Bison at Custer State Park
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Bison at Custer State Park
Bison at Custer State Park
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Scenery at Custer State Park
Scenery at Custer State Park
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Scenery at Custer State Park
Scenery at Custer State Park
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Bison at Custer State Park
Bison at Custer State Park
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Bison at Custer State Park
Bison at Custer State Park
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Surprising to see red rocks here!
Surprising to see red rocks here!
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Scenery at Custer State Park
Scenery at Custer State Park
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Bison at Custer State Park
Bison at Custer State Park
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Bison at Custer State Park
Bison at Custer State Park
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