As I was bemoaning the fact that we hadn’t seen much wildlife since being in the West, that certainly changed yesterday. At least we’ve now seen plenty of Buffalo!
Buffalo. All over. Next to the road. In the road. In the ditches. Out in the fields. You name it, they roamed it.
No, I don’t mean on the main roads in South Dakota. I mean on the 18 mile Wildlife Loop in Custer State Park! An awesome sight to behold…as long as you’re in the car and stay there. Signs are posted all over that “Buffalo are dangerous” but there was always someone out of their car trying to get a better picture. I felt much safer shooting from my window :)
Although we were told at the very beautiful visitors center to Custer State Park (the 2nd largest state park in the nation)
that we could expect to also see elk, big horn sheep, mountain goats, pronghorn antelope and white-tail and mule deer, we were only lucky enough to see the buffalo and a couple of pronghorn antelope off in the distance.
EXCEPT for some very friendly burros :) They were pretty cute and used to interacting with the tourists.
They would walk right up to your car window, if you stopped, looking for a treat. There were many people feeding them. I’m surprised they weren’t chubbier :) There weren’t as many of them as the buffalo, but there were many.
We purchased an annual park pass so we can return as many times as we want while we’re here. We only touched on one part of the park this time. Maybe next time we’ll see something else :) We did detour off the Loop at Mt Coolidge Lookout and climbed to the top for some awesome views.
From the Wildlife Loop, we drove into Custer, SD stopping on the way to scout out nice little lakes to go kayaking :)
Or, Sylvan Lake which we found later in the day…
I think I could be happy at any of the 3 :)
We didn’t spend much time in Custer (the town). It was very touristy and we were content to just walk the main street to see what was there and then continue on. We ended up at the Crazy Horse Monument, a work in progress. Click on the link if you’d like to know more about this memorial.
Our day wasn’t yet finished, but I’ll save the rest for next time :) Thanks for stopping by.