At close to 71,000 acres and with everything from bighorn sheep to bison and prairie dog towns, this state park could rival many national ones. It’s also an ideal place to stay and enjoy special outings such as Jeep safari rides, trail ride at Bluebell Stables or rock climbing at Sylvan Lake. Don’t miss the Wildlife Loop that cuts across swaths of prairie and be prepared for traffic jams near bison herds or the park’s infamous begging burros. The burros are not at all shy about sticking their heads into mini-vans looking for chips, cookies or any other handouts.
Custer State Park
13329 U.S. Highway 16A, Custer, 57730, SD