Bison in Custer State Park.

I went to Custer State Park in South Dakota in 2011 as part of an escorted trip. I enjoyed the landscape & getting close to the bison very much & would like to go again.

Custer State Park.

The area originally started out as sixteen sections but was later changed into one block of land because of the challenges of the terrain. The park began to grow rapidly in the 1920s & gained new land. During the 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corps built miles of roads, laid out parks, campgrounds & built three dams that set up a future of water recreation at the park. In 1964 an additional 22,900 acres were added to the park. The park now covers an area of over 71,000 acres of hilly terrain and is home to many wild animals such as bison elk, coyotes, mule deer, white-tailed deer, mountain goats, prairie dogs, bighorn sheep, river otters, pronghorn, cougars & feral burros.

While we drove through the park in a small minibus many of the bison would just walk across our path stopping traffic in both directions.

Photos from Custer State Park.

Alan Morris

Me in Custer State Park with some Bison in the background.


Bison walking through Custer State Park alongside the road we drive along.

Bison feeding.

Bison feed on grass next to the road, oblivious to us as we drive past them.


Bison cross the road in front of us in Custer State Park.


Bison with youngsters close by in Custer State Park.


Young bison suckles milk from its mother who is eating grass as we pass by.

Mount Rusmore.

As we drive through Custer State Park there is a break in the trees as we approach a corner & in the distance we see Mount Rushmore.