Custer State Park was the central point for our Wyoming/South Dakota trip, since my personal big rock was climbing Black Elk Peak which is within the park.
We were lucky enough to snag a primo spot in the Forest Service Bismarck Lake Campground, nestled in under tall pines.
Separate day trips include the Black Elk Peak hike, the Wildlife Loop Road, the Mount Coolidge Lookout, so much to see and do.
Wildlife also abounds – from the coyotes howling at night, to the famous Begging Burros, to the Bison everywhere. Bring a long lens and there’s no shortage of photo opportunities.
This one is on our "highly recommend" list for sure!

Bismarck Lake Campground

Bismarck Lake Campground
Tucked into yet another beautiful Forest Service campround.


On The Boardwalk

On The Boardwalk
The Forest Service did a great job with this boardwalk in the marshy sections around Bismarck Lake.


Evening Glow

Evening Glow
Watching evening colors change across Bismarck Lake.


Hide And Seek

Hide And Seek
World Champion!


Stockade Sunset

Stockade Sunset
Watching the ball drop over Stockade Lake


Begging Burros

Begging Burros
The wild donkeys at Custer State Park are referred to as the Begging Burros since they’re always looking for a handout. Here one takes a dust bath while the others ridicule him.


Doe Eyes

Doe Eyes
The eyes on this pronghorn look like something created in a cartoon! Amazing looking animals, they are neither antelope nor deer.


King Size Cone

King Size Cone
Pretty sure these aren’t bunny tracks, but definitely a king size cone!


The Staredown

The Staredown
I’m not sure who’s winning this contest…


They’re Everywhere

They're Everywhere
Bison are everywhere in Custer State Park!


Housing Hazards

Housing Hazards
One of the hazards of living here is not knowing what’s standing outside your front door.


Eyelashes

Eyelashes
These bison have amazing eyelashes, I guess they’re a must for the amount of flies that constantly surround them.