The state of South Dakota encompasses some 77,000 square miles of land. Within the state, diverse regions offer diverse opportunities to explore the area. One such region is the area known as the Black Hills. A shore and turbulent history, most of the history dates back only as far back as the 1700’s. Very little evidence of history back before this exists within the area aside from some scattered archeological sites and some dinosaur bones.
Stories within the region range from the arrival of the first Europeans in the 1740’s, the arrival of Louis and Clark, the gold rush and the French and Indian wars. Although destination of many famous sites and attractions including Mt Rushmore and museums honoring the native Americans of the area, as well as the historically significant events which occurred in the area, one of the more popular state attractions is called Custer State Park.
Within the Black Hills region of beautiful and historic South Dakota lies a park like no other in the world today. Home to missive towering granite peaks, adventures and a herd of over 1,300 free roaming bison, this state park is just waiting for you to come and explore. Take a trip into the past and explore a part of South Dakota once gone.
A state park created as a wildlife reserve in the region, the park is the largest and first state park in North Dakota. Established in 1912, the park grew quickly in the 1920’s and by the 1930’s the CCC were building miles of roads, parks and campgrounds in the area as well. Including over 70,000 acres today, Custer is home not only to its famous bison herd but a host of other wild animals including deer, elk, mountain goats, mountain lions and even feral burros. Famous for its stunning scenic drives as well, a trip to this great state park will require some time and planning. Also nearby to Mount Rushmore, Jewel Cave and the Crazy Horse Memorial, it makes a great jumping off point for visiting other famous attractions within the Black Hills region. Other famous landmarks within the park include Mount Coolidge Fire Tower and the Badger Hole, just to name a couple.
To learn more about this amazing state park, you can visit the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks website and go to the dedicated park page.
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