Things To Do
Visit Custer, SD!
"Stay in Custer to savor every minute on your Black Hills vacation. Here, you’re closer to South Dakota’s biggest attractions – Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Custer State Park and Wind Cave National Park. You’re closer to trails, ales and dog-friendly locales. You’re closer than close — you’re in the very center of adventure. Visit and you’ll learn."
Crazy Horse Memorial
"Crazy Horse Memorial® is located in the heart of the beautiful Black Hills. The elevation on the Mountain is 6,532 feet above sea level and ranks 27th highest mountain in South Dakota. It is made of pegmatite granite and was chosen by Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski & Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear for the Crazy Horse Memorial."
Custer State Park
"Custer State Park, located north of Wind Cave National Park, is richly stocked with wild game. An early morning or late afternoon drive on the Wildlife Loop Road is a rewarding experience. The highlight of the wildlife viewing is the free-roaming bison herd that numbers about 1,300."
Iron Mountain Road
"The Iron Mountain Road is a work of art in itself. The highway connects Custer State Park and Mount Rushmore National Memorial and passes through some of the most beautiful scenery in the Black Hills, including three tunnels that frame Mount Rushmore in the distance. The road is famous for the "Pigtail Bridges" that allow travelers to drop or gain altitude quickly."
Mount Rushmore National Monument
"Mount Rushmore is often the first thing that attacks vacationers to the Black Hills near Custer. This inspiring mountain memorial has brought tourists to the area since its completion in 1927."
Jewel Cave National Monument
"Just 13 miles west of Custer is Jewel Cave National Monument, a karstic cave in which crystals sparkle like jewels. Currently with more than 195 miles of mapped passages, Jewel Cave is one of the longest cave systems in the world. It features sparkling calcite crystals, delicate strands of gypsum, and other cave formations. The large rooms are strewn with boulders, tight crawl spaces, and dark fissures leading into the unknown."
Needles Highway - Scenic Drive
"Running through Custer State Park, the Needles Highway is a magnificent scenic mountain road (SR 87). Easily accessed from Custer, it winds its way through the imposing landscapes of the central Black Hills. Along the 14-mile stretch of curving road, visitors pass by magnificent rock pinnacles and granite spires, such as the iconic Needle's Eye."
Wind Cave National Park
"Twenty minutes south of Custer, Wind Cave National Park is another underground adventure full of eye-catching formations. Above ground at Wind Cave National Park is a quiet Black Hills prairie environment, but beneath that soil is one of the nation's most complex cave systems."
"A 15-minute drive from Custer, and accessed along the Needles Highway, Sylvan Lake is the Crown Jewel of Custer State Park. Surrounded by immense rock formations, this lake provides a picturesque landscape and an abundance of hiking, swimming, and boating opportunities."
Wildlife Loop - Scenic Drive
"Easily accessed from Custer, the 18-mile Wildlife Loop Road in the southwest region of Custer State Park is a near guarantee to see some wildlife, in addition to the many opportunities to see bighorn sheet, antelope, and prairie dogs, the park's resident bison frequently make an appearance."