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Black Hills / Custer, SD

About Black Hills / Custer

The tiny town of Custer is an excellent home base for exploring the Black Hill National Park and the surrounding areas.

In the town of Custer, you will find charming accommodation, kind locals, and a variety of restaurants from delis to diners that feature homemade pies and buffalo burgers.

Some of the Black Hills’ highlights include the Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, the Crazy Horse Memorial, and the longest cave system in the world, Jewel Cave National Monument.

Once you have visited the Blackhill’s most popular destinations, you can enjoy a soak at Evan’s Plunge, bike down George S. Mickelson Trail, learn about mammoths at Mammoth Site, and peer into a missile silo at the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site.

No matter what you choose to do, there is always another adventure around the corner.

American buffalo bison herd grazing in Custer State Park South Dakota from Tumbleweed Travel
Beautiful Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park from Tumbleweed Travel
Male pronghorn in Custer State Park South Dakota from Tumbleweed Travel
Sylvan Lake at Dusk from Tumbleweed Travel
The Needles Highway tunnel Custer State Park South Dakota from Tumbleweed Travel


  • Take a day trip to Mount Rushmore
  • Look at the Needles piercing the sky on the Needles Highway Scenic Drive
  • Enjoy a dip in the water at Evan’s Plunge
  • Study the calcites at the Wind Cave National Park
  • Hike up to Black Elk Peak


Type: Wilderness Area

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Climate: Hills

Airport(s): Rapid City

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