For those interested in exploring caves, the Custer area boasts two of the world’s longest caves. Jewel Cave National Monument, named for the crystals decorating its walls, is the third-longest cave in the world. Tour the depths of this national monument or hike the trails above ground at the 1,279-acre park. Explore Wind Cave National Park and observe the largest collection of boxwork formations in the world. Above the cave, the park features a 28,925-acre wildlife sanctuary.
Custer State Park
With beaches, lakes, granite peaks and rolling plains, there's a lot to explore at Custer State Park. This 71,000-acre park in the Black Hills offers all kinds of outdoor adventure. The campgrounds, guided tours, kayak and canoe rentals and lodge are just a few of the many visitor amenities the park offers.
Crazy Horse Memorial
Crazy Horse Memorial, the world's largest in-progress sculpture, is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Custer. Learn about this multi-generational work of art as well as Native American history at the Native American Educational and Cultural Center and the Indian Museum of North America on-site.
This magnificent 109-mile trail stretches the length of the Black Hills, following an abandoned railroad bed into jagged cliffs and pine forests. Start your adventure at one of 15 trailheads and enjoy the charm of trestle bridges, railroad tunnels, and other features of this amazing trail.
Starting at the south end of Sixth Street in Custer, this trail will take you to magnificent views of Custer and the scenic Cathedral Spires.
Jewel Cave National Monument
Go underground to explore the third-longest cave in the world! Take a variety of tours, but don't forget to check out the 1,289-acre park above ground.
Wind Cave National Park
The first cave to be designated a national park, Wind Cave National Park features the world's largest concentration of rare boxwork formations along with 33,851 acres of forest and prairie on the surface that serve as sanctuary for wildlife.
Located in South Dakota’s Black Hills and near some of the state’s biggest attractions, Custer offers no shortage of exciting places to explore.
PLACES to Stay near Custer
Immerse yourself in Black Hills life at an outpost where the buffalo roam, pitch your tent at a rustic campground or find a well-appointed room with all the trappings of modern life in Custer.
Where to Eat and Drink
From craft breweries and chef-driven menus to hearty Midwestern favorites, Custer has all the variety of a big-city culinary scene. Fuel your adventures, or wind down after a day of fun, at these spots.
What to See and Do Nearby
Experience the awe of two of the world's largest cave system. View impressive herds of buffalo as they graze. Explore the legacy and living heritage of indigenous peoples at Crazy Horse Memorial. It's all here in the heart of the Black Hills.