Buffalo Roundup & Arts FEstival
Annual Buffalo Roundup
Friday, September 26, 2014
Friday, September 25, 2015
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
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.
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
If you're going
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.
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.
Free shuttle service is provided from the viewing areas into the corrals and back to the parking lots. Some people choose to walk.
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.
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.
You will need to determine which viewing area you will be going to prior to Friday morning.
North Parking and ViewingHead south from the Game Lodge area on Wildlife Loop Road. (See green path on map below.)
South Parking and ViewingHead east on Wildlife Loop Road near Blue Bell campground. (See red path on map below.)
Motor coaches are welcome.
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.
All vehicles will depart the way they entered.
The park encourages you to leave your pet at home. If you do bring your pet, you must leave it in your vehicle.