Our Summer 2010 Trip...Headed West This Time travel blog

another Pigtail Bridge on this Wildlife Loop Road

we had to stop several times to let the animals cross the...

 

see the radio collar? The naturalists at the park monitor some of...

in the prairie part of the loop road

and then into the hills

a high prairie pasture, but up in the hill section...bison and pronghorn...

beautiful rock formations on this road

 

and then there were the begging burros hogging the roadway

 

 

a bunch of grazing bison were our next sightings

 

but it is open range, so they come right onto the road

and they are big, so on a motorcycle, we had to be...

we cautiously rode by the group

slowly crossing the road

look how close these are to the bike

another field as we traveled the Wildlife Loop Road; the bison and...

pronghorn happily grazing, and we were happy they weren't walking across the...

one of the pretty lodges in Custer State Park

more road traffic of the four footed kind (juvenile big horn sheep)

they finally went into the woods, but then cars in front of...

and the road was too narrow to get by, so we were...

see that bison on the right - he walked across the road...

scenery on the way out of the park

and some more pronghorn just as we left the park for the...


Custer State Park in the Black Hills encompasses 71,000 acres of spectacular terrain and an abundance of wildlife. The Custer State Park Wildlife Loop ride was lots of fun for both of us, although we had to be very careful as we encountered lots of animals along the road, and many crossed right in front of us. A herd of 1,500 bison roams freely throughout the park, often stopping traffic along the 18-mile Wildlife Loop Road. The herd is one of the largest publically-owned herds in the world. Bison can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds so they are not to be messed with at all! As large as the bison are, we certainly did not want to encounter them too closely! Besides bison, the park is home to wildlife such as pronghorn antelope, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, wild turkeys, and a band of friendly burros. We saw some big horn sheep, mountain goats, prairie dogs, ground squirrels, bison, pronghorn, and even the begging burros!

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