What do bears and Custer have in common?

There is so much to see and do in Rapid City that on Monday we decided to try and get in at least 2 destinations per trip.  So our first day of sightseeing we did 3!

There is so much to do here that a week will not be enough.  But to make the most of it, we started with a visit to Bear Country USA.

Bear Country USA
Bear Country USA

This is a drive through park that takes about 45 minutes.  Within the park are deer, bear, wolves, cougars, goats and a smaller walk through area where you will find the infants born at the park and some of the smaller animals like fox.

Artic Wolf
Artic Wolf
Cougars
Cougars
Bear Cubs
Bear Cubs

Leaving Bear Country we headed towards Custer State Park.  Along the way we stopped and had lunch in a neat little town called Keystone.  All the buildings in this town are fashioned after the old west.  A population of 327 and they all must work in the  tourist industry.  I do want to go back here for the 1880 train ride, if time permits.

Custer State Park has BUFFALO!

Our trip continued with a drive through Custer State Park.  I don’t have a lot to say about the park other than it would be a great place to live.  The views from different parts of the park were outstanding.

I have selected a few pictures to show some of the activities at the park.

Mt Rushmore from Custer State Park
Mt Rushmore from Custer State Park
Rock Formations
Rock Formations
More rock formations
More rock formations
Another view of Mt Rushmore.
Another view of Mt Rushmore.
Deer
Deer
This poor buffalo must have a headache
This poor buffalo must have a headache
Within 10 feet of the car
Within 10 feet of the car
Herd of buffalo
Herd of buffalo
This is what happens when you feed the animals.
This is what happens when you feed the animals.

 

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