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Designation: South Dakota State Scenic Byway
Fees: A South Dakota State Park Entrance license is requ
Length, One-Way: 18 Miles (30.0 Kilometers)
Time: Approximately 30 mins.

General Information

Description - The Wildlife Loop Road, located within Custer State Park, offers the traveler a wide variety of experiences. There are open grasslands and rolling hills speckled with pine. Many of the park's wildlife species occupy this area and are commonly seen. They include buffalo, bighorn sheep, antelope, deer, elk, coyote, prairie dog, and numerous birds. Also, some of the park's wild "begging" burros live at the southernmost end of this road. The road follows the varied landscape offering views of the higher portions of the Black Hills, badlands, endless sky, and lush streambeds. The park is home to one of the worlds largest buffalo herds.

Attractions - The Wildlife Loop Road Scenic Byway is known for it's Natural Attractions.

Directions from : Directions for Accessing the Byway

  • From Rapid City the visitor can take SD (state highway) 79 south to SD 36. Proceed west on SD 36, and as the highway enters Custer State Park the visitor continues west on US 16A approximately 2 miles to the Wildlife Loop Road.
  • From Mount Rushmore National Memorial the visitor can access the byway by proceeding east on SD 244, then southeast via US 16A to the junction with SD 36, then proceed west on US 16A approximately 2 miles.
  • Directions for Driving the Byway The east entrance to the Wildlife Loop Road is located approximately 2 miles west of the junction of highway US 16A and SD 36. The west entrance to the Wildlife Loop Road is located adjacent to SD 87 approximately 13 miles north of the northern boundary of Wind Cave National Park.

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    Additional Information:
    South Dakota Scenic Byways - South Dakota offers national, state and National Forest designated byways which include Badlands Loop, Peter Norbeck, Spearfish Canyon, The Native American and Wildlife Loop Road.

    Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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