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Buffalo Roundup

Annual Buffalo Roundup

Friday, September 26, 2014
Friday, September 25, 2015
Friday, September 30, 2016

Reservations for the event are NOT required.

Feel the thunder and join the herd at the annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup. Watch cowboys and cowgirls as they roundup and drive the herd of approximately 1,300 buffalo (number of animals vary depending on rangeland conditions). Not only is the roundup a spectacular sight to see, it is also a critical management tool in maintaining a strong and healthy herd.

Volunteer Horseback Crew

Custer State Park has had a long tradition of using private citizens to help with its annual buffalo roundup. Learn more

Arts Festival

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At the Annual Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival, up to 150 vendors will offer for sale their fine arts and crafts including many South Dakota made products.

Arts Festival Hours

  • Friday: noon - 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Start your morning with a pancake feed and enjoy on-going Western and Native American entertainment under the big top. All events and vendors will be located on the festival grounds across from the Peter Norbeck Visitor Center.

Dutch Oven Cook-off

Come sample some of the best Dutch Oven cooking in the region at the Cabela's Challenge Dutch Oven Cook Off, sponsored by Cabela's and the Black Hills Dutchers. Dutchers from across the region will complete for points and prizes in this sanctioned international Dutch Oven Society Cook Off.

Tasting begins after the dishes have been judged, around noon. Tasting donations will go to the KOTA Care and Share Food Drive.

Info: 605-390-6843

Chili Cook-off

Join the "herd" at the Annual Buffalo Wallow Chili Cook-off where the competition is just as hot as the chili! Cooking begins at 10 a.m., public tasting at 1 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment as you stroll the heritage arts and crafts exhibits.

Tasting Fees: Adults: $3 Children: $2

Buffalo Roundup map

If you're going

Buffalo Roundup

The actual Buffalo Roundup will begin at 9:30 a.m. Guests must stay in the viewing areas until the herd is safely in the corrals, generally around noon.

Parking

Lots open at 6:15 a.m. and close at 9 a.m. Handicap parking is provided in both viewing areas. Personal vehicles are not allowed in the corrals.

Shuttle Service

Free shuttle service is provided from the viewing areas into the corrals and back to the parking lots. Some people choose to walk.

Concessions

Pancakes, sausages and beverages are available at 6:15 a.m., in both viewing areas. Lunch is served at the corrals once the buffalo are rounded up until 2 p.m. Fee for both meals.

Buffalo Handling

Testing, branding, and sorting begins on Friday at 1 p.m. and lasts until about 3 p.m. and continues that following week.

What to Bring

Folding chairs, cameras, binoculars, layered clothing, rain gear and sun screen.

Viewing areas

You will need to determine which viewing area you will be going to prior to Friday morning.

  • North Parking and Viewing
    Head south from the Game Lodge area on Wildlife Loop Road. (See green path on map below.)
  • South Parking and Viewing
    Head east on Wildlife Loop Road near Blue Bell campground. (See red path on map below.)

Motorcoaches

Motor coaches are welcome.

Camper units

We encourage you not to bring your camper. Call 605.255.4515 for drop-off locations. If you do bring it, follow the green route on the map, and you will be parked in the North Overflow Lot and be shuttled to the Roundup.

Departing

All vehicles will depart the way they entered.

Pets

The park encourages you to leave your pet at home. If you do bring your pet, you must leave it in your vehicle.

 

Fees

Park entrance license required year-round

Park entrance license is not required on Friday, the day of the Buffalo Roundup.

Camping

Camping is available Custer State Park campgrounds.

Reservations: www.campsd.com or 1.800.710.2267

Information

Custer State Park
13329 US HWY 16A
Custer, SD 57730
Email

Phone: 605.255.4515