How long is the Wildlife Loop?
The Wildlife Loop itself is 18 miles long from the east entrance near the Custer State Park Visitor Center around to the Blue Bell entrance on the western side of the Park. Expect a minimum travel time of anywhere between 1.5 and 2 hours to complete the loop that creates a "U" from one end to the other.
Important Note: Anyone wishing to complete the full circle of the loop, continuing on from Blue Bell's entrance station back around to your starting point at the east entrance/Visitor Center (continuing north on Hwy 87 and then east on US 16A Scenic) should plan for an additional 12 miles (estimated 30 minutes) travel time. But careful...you may run into a few scenic overlooks, historic sites, restaurants, lodges & more along the way that beg for more time to explore.Download a Guide