Custer State Park and the Black Hills of South Dakota make for a wonderful place to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. The park itself has an abundance and variety of wildlife such as wild goats, big horn sheep, buffalo, pronghorn, prairie dogs, and lots and lots of bunnies. We took an early morning drive around the lengthy wildlife loop and we were not disappointed. As we learned from our Yellowstone experience, getting out early increases your chances of seeing more wildlife.
On our way to the park we learned that the 72nd annual motorcycle gathering at Sturgis, SD was just starting. This event draws bikers from all over the US and even the World as we heard an Aussie accent from one. The bikes are everywhere! One source quoted the number of bikers in 2010 at 600,000 and the number continues to swell. We found the folks we met and talked to as friendly and from all walks of life. No official events are planned, it’s just one big gathering/celebration/party.
If you’re ever headed this way, don’t miss the Black Hills. Just try to avoid the first week in August!