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.
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.
Black Hills Balloons is a one-of-a-kind adventure tour for South Dakota Black Hills locals and visitors. With over 30 years flying experience operating the only hot air balloon ride adventure in The Black Hills, it’s an established and well-known local attraction.
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.
Closest horseback trail rides to Crazy Horse Memorial. Friendly, knowledgeable staff guide your small group on beautiful trails in the Black Hills National Forest. Reasonable rates, families welcome. Guided trail rides - 1 hour, 1.5 hours, 2 hours, half day & overnights. 7 days a week. Memorial weekend through September.
Friday, May 19, 2017 (All day)
The Custer Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Tesla Road Trip.
Monday, July 3, 2017 (All day) to Tuesday, July 4, 2017 (All day)
Don’t miss all the fun this Independence Day in Custer with the Old Time Country Fourth Celebration July 3-4.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - 10:00am
Kids’ Parade to be followed by the Patriots’ Parade, downtown Custer. Flag-raising ceremony following the parade at 11 am at the Veterans Memorial on Washington & 5th Streets.
Friday, July 21, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, July 23, 2017 (All day)
In 1874, Lieutenant Colonel George Custer led the troops of the 7th Cavalry into the Black Hills and discovered gold near present day Custer.
Sunday, September 3, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
A free Studebaker and Packard car and truck show will be held on Sunday, September 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 6th St. and Mt Rushmore Road in Custer, SD. Included will be both stock and modified models.
Things to See & Do
The route of choice for rambling through the Black Hills National Forest
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
This 70-mile scenic byway has been named as one of the Most Outstanding Byways in America
Places to Stay
The newest family owned Campground & RV Park in Custer. Offering Deluxe Cabins, RV Sites, and outstanding views of the Black Hills and nearby Crazy Horse Memorial. PAMS Getaways is the perfect destination for your next getaway!
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.
Pan for GOLD right on property! Home of the Friday Night FREE Potluck BBQ for guests Memorial-Labor Day, and one block from downtown Custer, French Creek RV Park & Campground features 28 Campsites: 9 pull-thru/9 back in (All 50 amp). And 10 electric only campsites right along French Creek. Many amenities including fire-pits with the first night's firewood for FREE.
Centrally located to Black Hills attractions. RV sites, tent sites, kamping kabins. Big rig friendly. Jumping pillow, playground, game room, store, clean restrooms, laundry, firewood, propane, dump station. Memorial Day to Labor Day: heated pool. Golden Circle Tours booked here.
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!
On site of 1874 Custer Expedition campsite. 400 yards off Hwy 16A. Quiet, surrounded by national forest. Extra large (60' to 100') level sites. Full hookups, 50 amp., showers, handicap restrooms, laundry, clubhouse, cabins, shaded tenting. Wi-Fi. Big rig friendly. Fishing nearby. Car/ATV rentals. Close to major attracitons.
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.
Located in historic Custer, minutes from the Black Hills' attractions. Deluxe continental breakfast, AAA, large heated indoor pool & hot tub, suites, 2-room suites, guest laundry. In-room coffee, HBO, free Wi-Fi. Pet friendly.
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.
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.
New, Wine Tasting and Gourmet Coffee Bar located in downtown Custer, SD, featuring Prairie Berry, Firehouse and wines from around the world. – while you are here shop our elegant apparel and gift shop.
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.
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 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!