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Wildlife Loop, Custer State Park

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Distance 18 Miles via Iron Mountain Road
Time Needed: 2~3 hours
Best Time To Go: Spring. Early in the day.
Directions: US16A West (Junctions with Wildlife Loop Road in Custer State Park)
Highlights: Bison and other native fauna in their natural habitat
Description:
Mt. Rushmore is Open All Year.
Open All Year
     The animals are the stars along this 17-mile loop which runs approximately from the Custer State Park Game Lodge to SD 89 in the south. Visitors almost always see bison, praire dogs and begging donkies. Other wildlife, though abundant, do not always cooperate for the viewing pleasure of human visitors. They are, after all, running wild.
    You can improve your odds of seeing wildlife by going early in the day when many of the park's animals are most active. The high rolling meadows and gentle foothills along this route are also very scenic and have been used as the background for numerous Western movies.
    The paved wildlife loop road is maintained year round.
     On popular stop on the road is near its southern-most point where the "wild" buros congregate. Though officially wild, these donkeys always like to see visitors and bum a little food. If you wish to feed them, take along some sliced apples.  You will be popular.
Updated 1/13/2013
  

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