One of Custer's most appealing features is its setting, studded with picturesque granite outcroppings and flanked on all sides by Ponderosa pines. With a large inventory of motels, campgrounds, restaurants and attractions, Custer makes an ideal base camp for touring in the southern Black Hills.
Since 1989 we've made rock climbing fun for everyone. Climbing Adventures for ages 5 & up. Beginner's welcome. Professional instruction & all equipment provided for guests at Custer State Park, Palisades State Park, Mount Rushmore and Devil's Tower. Experience the beauty of a summit with friends & family.
Join us for great wet & wild fun at Beaver Lake Water Park! 2 pools open 9am - 9pm, one 360' waterslide open 1-7pm, Memorial to Labor Day, weather permitting. Daily admission includes swimming, picnic, sports field, showers and free Wi-Fi.
Admission. $6.00 adult, $5.00 seniors, $2.00 youth (12-18), free 11 & under, donations welcome. Three floors of 1874 to present Black Hills, Lakota & pioneer displays. 1874 Custer Expedition, 1875 cabin. Bookstore, handicapped accessible. Free youth activities.
World's largest mountain carving in progress, located minutes from Mt. Rushmore on Hwy 16/385. Witness work on the mountain, enjoy American Indian museums, art galleries, sculptor's studio-home, antiques. American Indian artists & performers. Nightly laser show in season, restaurant & gift shop. Open year-round.
Experience yesterday in the old west at Four Mile where the outhouse talks. Step back for family fun and living history as you walk through the 50 open door buildings at the old historic site. Admission only $6 per person. Unique shopping & pet friendly.
In 1874, Lieutenant Colonel George Custer led the troops of the 7th Cavalry into the Black Hills and discovered gold near present day Custer.
Feel the thunder and join the herd at the annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup. Watch cowboys and cowgirls as they roundup and drive the herd of approximately 1,300 buffalo (number of animals vary depending on rangeland conditions). Not only is the roundup a spectacular sight to see, it is also a critical management tool in maintaining a strong and healthy herd.
Things to See & Do
Beneath the Black Hills of South Dakota is the intriguing underground world of Jewel Cave. With 173 miles of explored passageways, Jewel Cave ranks as one of the longest caves in the world.
Rhubarb, crab apples, chokecherries, buffalo berries, wild plums. The native fruits of South Dakota, along with recently developed grape varieties that thrive in our Northern Plains climate, make for some unique and delectable fine wines produced by four regional wineries.
The Black Hills are full of monumental works of both man and nature, evident too in the world-class hiking, biking, motorized and non-motorized trail offerings one can find here. Whether hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, ATVing or snowmobiling, the uncrowded, natural surroundings of the Black Hills and Badlands are an outdoor mecca with over 450 miles spread across 75 different trails.
The route of choice for rambling through the Black Hills National Forest
A mythic warrior, a famed artist, his family and a canvas composed of granite are the elements that comprise the legendary past, present and future of the Crazy Horse Memorial.
Stretching 109 miles from Deadwood in the north to Edgemont in the southwest, the Mickelson Trail has become known far and wide for the highquality bicycling it offers.
With a surface of primarily crushed limestone and gravel, the trail currently has 15 trailheads which all offer parking, self-sale trail pass stations, vault toilets and tables. Most of the grades are gradual and gentle, with none exceeding four percent. Portions of the trail are considered strenuous.
The Gordon Stockade is a replica of a log fortress built by the Gordon Party as protection from Lakota attacks during the 1874 gold rush. Today’s Gordon Stockade is built on the original site.
This 70-mile scenic byway has been named as one of the Most Outstanding Byways in America
Places to Stay
AAA & Good Sam. Heated pools, 360' water slide ($), free DSL, Wi-Fi & cable, recreation hall, pets okay, playground, laundry, groceries, expanded RV supplies. Immaculate restrooms. Spacious shaded sites. Dump station, propane, 50 amp full hookups, cabins, tipis.
Modern, very clean 1 & 2 bed units, some with additional sofa beds and most with kitchens. Units 4 and 5 are very spacious with living area that will sleeps six. Close to all major attractions in the southern Black Hills. Free Wi-Fi internet access and satellite TV in all our units.
Centrally located to Black Hills attractions. Beautifully situated on Iron Mountain Road (16A) between Custer State Park and Mount Rushmore. Housekeeping & camping cabins, level grassy RV sites and creek side tent sites. Iron Mountain Road Store & Cafe, pool, mini-golf, playground, hiking, shower house, Wi-Fi and more.
Wonderful scenic family resort! 64 spacious rooms and suites. On site restaurant. Indoor pool and hot tub, outdoor heated pool, tennis court and playground. Close to all major attractions! Bask in the sun from one of our spacious decks or encounter the areas tranquility from the balcony outside of your room.
Clean & friendly, AAA. 55 comfortable rooms, queens, kings. 2-bedroom & Jacuzzi suites., indoor pool & hot tub. Guest laundry, free SuperStart breakfast, free Wi-Fi, refrigerators & microwaves. Children stay free. Pet friendly ($). Minutes from Crazy Horse, Custer State Park, Mount Rushmore & Jewel Cave.
All the comforts of home! Free Wi-Fi & cable TV throughout campground including cabins. All cabins with AC, 2 laundromats, private showers, pet friendly. Heated pool & hot tub. Camp store. Propane. Passport America, Escapade, Coast to Coast, Enjoy America, Good Sam, Happy Camper. AAA & Military discounts.
AAA - 3 diamond. Treat yourself at Custer's newest and finest award winning hotel with the Express Start breakfast, indoor pool, hot tub, fitness/business center, free Wi-Fi, elevator. Guest laundry. 91 rooms, 21 suites, 16 balconies, 2-room suites. Minutes from Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse & Custer State Park.
AAA award winning. 83 rooms & suites, refrigerators & microwaves, and free Wi-Fi. Handicap rooms, elevator, indoor pool & whirlpool. Fitness center, business center, 24/hr guest laundry. Rested. Set. Go. Hot Breakfast. Minutes from Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer State Park, golf & restaurants.
Two Historic ponderosa pine log cabins built during the Great Depression by the (CCC) for the officers of Camp Custer.
Located just outside of Custer, & fully equipped for all your vacation needs! One sleeps up to 13 and the other up to 7.
Also for in-town lodging, try our Custer Cottage!
Centrally located to numerous Black Hills attractions, adjacent to our Boy Scout camp. Majestic camp setting. Year round RV sites with 30 amp electric, tent and group sites. Hot showers and flush toilets. Camp store (June-August). Hiking and fishing. No highway noise.
Places to Eat
We believe that the best pizza doesn't cut any corners. That's why we have been making pizza that is anything but ordinary. It starts with our own secret dough recipe made daily from the best ingredients available and baked in a stone oven. We also offer pastas, calzones, sandwiches and salads.
Enjoy Mexican classics with contemporary flair. Our Mayan chefs have passion & inspiration from street vendors & market stalls across Mexico. Table made guacamole sets the table for a host of classic plates. The Burro’s festive spirit extends to the bar where local craft beer & wine is on tap & refreshingly chilled margaritas are always available!
Family friendly, restaurant & sports bar. Outdoor seating on upper deck. Menu has something for everyone - delicious sandwiches, steaks, salads, pastas, soups & vegetarian entrees. Sports bar. Enjoy a great lunch or dinner in our restaurant featuring a full bar & an excellent selection of wines & microbrews.
Enjoy wine tasting at it’s best. Along with gourmet coffee bar located downtown Custer - shop our elegant apparel and gift shop, also featured art gallery, bike rentals and Dakota made products. Private parties and special groups welcomed.
New brewery bringing locally hand crafted artisanal ales & brewery inspired food to Custer & the Mt. Rushmore state! Divided into the brewery on the first floor including a direct-draw tap system (it doesn’t get any fresher than this!) & a full-menu restaurant on the second floor featuring 24 rotating taps of Black Hills craft beer! Outside seating available as well.