In search of a winter rendezvous that the entire family can enjoy? Trek into the wilds of Custer State Park, where you'll encounter adventure, exploration and fun for an affordable price.
The southern Black Hills have a mild winter climate, compared to bitter blizzard conditions in other areas of the state. Snowfall typically melts several days after flurries, creating ideal conditions for winter hiking. The prairie floor is a hue of earthy tones, dusted in snow. Even in the midst of the cold temperatures and frozen ground, life teems in Custer from the plains to the high granite needle peaks of the Black Hills.
Winter is an excellent time for wildlife viewing. Custer State Park's 71,000 acres is a land where 1400 bison roam, as an emblem of the spirit of the west. Driving Custer's Wildlife Loop in the winter, you'll avoid the crowds, able to find solitude of nature at its apex. Bighorn Sheep, Mule Deer, antelope and prairie dogs are a few of the wildlife you'll encounter in Custer.
There is limited snowmobiling on Stockade, Sylvan and Legion Lakes. Weather permitting snowshoeing is a fun way to get into the backcountry, surrounded by the splendor of snow dusted granite hills and towering Ponderosa pines.
Ice fishing is a must for any winter trip to Custer. Most of the park's lakes are stocked with rainbow trout, as well as brook and brown trout. Stockade Lake is a 'cold-spot' for fishing. Area guides take first time 'ice-fishers' on angling excursions.
For a list of Winter Activities in CSP: http://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/directory/custer/activities/programs.aspx
Mount Rushmore, Jewel and Wind Caves, Crazy Horse and Rapid City are great winter destinations, easily accessible from CSP. (Affordable and Kid-Friendly as well...and if you are going for a 'romantic' getaway, the lantern tours at area caves serve as the perfect date...)
Winter lodging at CSP is offered at the relaxing and modern Creekside Lodge in the Game Lodge area. Rates for winter lodging run in the $99 per night, giving you the peace and luxury of Custer Resort lodging at a great price.
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