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Old 01-31-2014, 08:44 PM   #1
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Custer State Park Wildlife loop

We are planning a trip to SD in June and we have a 31ft class c and we were wondering if we could do the wildlife loop with it?
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Old 01-31-2014, 09:03 PM   #2
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We did that loop on motorcycles back in 2010. The issue with the road is its width. The route is not exceedingly curvy, but it is somewhat narrow although wide enough for 2 cars to pass in opposit directions with room to spare. I don't recall any overpasses at all, but I do remember there being some tree limbs that hang over the roadway. During our time there we never saw a MH in the park so there may be restrictions. I'd call the park service before you go. There's a ton to see and do out there and from our own experience, 4 days wasn't enough time to see it all.

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We drove it in the car, don't remember any problems that would bother. Check with the Park Ranger then go. Two campgrounds in the park, the one by the Lodge has the dump station. We had a great time there, but we had our toad to ride around in. Jim
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Agree, the Custer State Park Wildlife loop is in the Southern half of the park and you should be OK with pulling the trailer. Better by toad. Motorcycles is interesting in that we ended up in the middle of a herd of buffalo hoping none got spooked by the MC.

The Northern part of the park has two scenic loops (one called the Scenic something or another) that goes up to several mountain lakes, and the other returns to the front of Custer State Park that both have very tight tunnels. A tour bus apparently goes through the scenic loop (don't know how) and the other is best avoided with coach or trailer. Great viewing, particularly inJune this last year as they had had rain in the Spring.
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Yes, you can, but you need to be cognizant of how you approach and leave the park. There are, after all, a number of campgrounds in the park.

I know the entrance near Custer will not be a problem for you and the rangers there can help you avoid the potential problem areas. For what its worth though, you see very few RVs on the road and you're going to want to tour the needles and iron roads, just not with an RV.
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You did not say you were staying at the state park campgrounds. We stayed at Heartland, in Hermossa, half price passport, and drove the wild life loop morning and evening, for 3 days. Have to pay a park fee, about $10 or $15 per car, but it is good for a week. No problem on "Wildlife loop", for RV's. Not a lot of room to "pull-over" to see wildlife, but everyone just stops in the middle of the road anyway, after-all we are here to see stuff, not RUSH_THRU".. Some "off-road" dirt "trails" may not be RV friendly.[ sometimes the buffalo are on these dirt trails] ,. It was well worth the price of the entrance fee. The other "LOOPS", are on roads that do not require a "park fee". BUT, the tunnels are narrow and definitely NOT RV FRIENDLY. [one lane].. Neat feature, the tunnels are oriented so you can see faces on Mt. Rushmore as you look thru the tunnel.

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