Peter Norbeck Visitor Center
The main location for information about Custer State Park’s educational programs and activities is the Peter Norbeck Visitor Center (Rte. 16A just past the State Game Lodge at the east entrance to the park, 605/255-4464, Apr.–Memorial Day daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Memorial Day–Labor Day daily 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Labor Day–Sept. 30 daily 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Oct.–Nov. daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m., closed Dec.–Mar.).
The visitors center was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934–1935. Inside are interpretive exhibits and displays about the history and geology and ecology of the park, in addition to park maps and information about ranger-led programs and activities.
Wildlife Station Visitor Center
The Wildlife Station Visitor Center (Memorial Day–Labor Day daily 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Labor Day–Sept. 30 daily 10 a.m.–4 p.m., closed in winter and spring) is located about midway through the Wildlife Loop on the southeastern corner of the park.
Park rangers located at the Wildlife Station have information about the current location of the park’s buffalo herd and can answer any questions visitors might have about the flora and fauna they view along the loop. There are restrooms available at the station as well.
Custer State Park Headquarters
Park Headquarters are located at 13329 U.S. 16A, one mile west of the State Game Lodge and can be reached at 605/255-4515. The park website is www.custerstatepark.info, which redirects to the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks website.
Campground reservations can be made by calling 800/710-2267. Lodge reservations can be made at 888/875-0001. The lodges are managed by a concessionaire (www.custerresorts.com) authorized by the Department of Game, Fish and Parks.
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