Needles Custer State Park
Custer State Park is a state park and wildlife reserve in the
Black Hills of southwestern South Dakota, USA. The park is South
Dakota's largest and first state park, named after General
George Armstrong Custer. The area originally started out as
sixteen sections, but was later changed into one block of land
because of the challenges of the terrain.
The park began to grow rapidly in the 1920s
and gained new land. During the 1930 the Civilian
Conservation Corps built miles of roads, laid out parks
and campgrounds, and build three dams that set up a
future of water recreation at the park. In 1964 an
additional 22,900 acres (93 kmē) were added to the park.
The park covers an area of over 71,000 acres (287 kmē)
of hilly terrain and is home to many wild animals. It is
home to a famous herd of 1500 free roaming bison. Elk,
mule deer, white tailed deer, mountain goats, bighorn
sheep, pronghorn antelope, mountain lions, and feral
burros also inhabit the park. The park is famous for its
scenery, its scenic drives (Needles Highway and the
wildlife loop), with views of the bison herd and prairie
dog towns. This park is easily accessible by road from
Rapid City. Other nearby attractions are Mount Rushmore,
Crazy Horse Memorial, and Badlands National Park.