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Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup

Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup

$2515 / per person
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Feel the thunder of prehistoric beasts as they rumble by during this fall tradition in South Dakota’s beautiful Black Hills. Ever since park rangers started rounding up some 1,200 head of buffalo each fall for the annual branding, sorting and vaccinating, visitors have been fascinated by this Old West tradition.


September 27-October 3, 2023

7 Days


Double:  $2,515/person

Single:  $3,485/person


10 Meals

Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival

Hayride and Chuckwagon Cookout at Custer State Park

1880 Vintage Train Ride

Mount Rushmore

Crazy Horse Memorial

Dinner at Laughing Water Restaurant at Crazy Horse

Laser Light Show. “Legends in Light”

Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup

Fort Hays Chuckwagon and Dinner Show

Moderate Activity Level

Reservation Info

Departure Info

Departing from: Decatur, Springfield, Litchfield, Pontoon Beach, St Charles, Kingdom City, Kansas City/Marion, Mt Vernon, Nashville, Fairview Heights, South County, Cape Girardeau, Evansville

Tour Plan


Days 1 | Lincoln

Meet new friends today as you board the deluxe motor coach heading west. Travel to Lincoln, Nebraska for the first overnight.

Day 2 | Custer

Continue your journey to Custer, South Dakota, where you check into your hotel for 3 nights. (B)

Day 3 | Custer

What a day this will be! Rise and shine bright and early to take in the exciting annual buffalo roundup. Make sure you bring your own lawn chair, camera, binoculars, sunscreen and rain gear. Feel the thunder as buffalo rumble by and park personnel, cowboys and cowgirls do their best to drive the park’s herd into the corrals – passing two designated viewing areas along the way. After the herd is safely in the corrals, the park staff will sort, brand, test and select certain animals for the fall sale, held later in November. Enjoy lunch on the grounds. Late this afternoon, we travel to Crazy Horse Memorial, which honors the culture, tradition and living heritage of North American Indians. Visit the base of the mountain before enjoying the many attractions at the visitor center. Dinner tonight is at Laughing Water Restaurant at Crazy Horse, followed by its spectacular laser light show, “Legends in Light,” before returning to our hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 4 | Custer

Today’s agenda includes the Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival, offering entertainment, arts and crafts and food, including buffalo burgers! Enjoy the highly competitive Dutch Oven Cook-off with its energy, humor and delicious food. This evening, enjoy the hayride and delicious chuckwagon cookout at Custer State Park. This old-fashioned vehicle-drawn wagon takes you on back roads to a mountain meadow canyon for a delicious chuckwagon feast accompanied by toe-stompin’ musical entertainment. (B,D)

Day 5 | Keystone

This morning begins with a delightful journey through the Black Hills National Forest aboard the 1880 vintage steam train like the ones that helped settle the West. Visit Mount Rushmore, a tribute to our country. After checking into the hotel, depart for the Fort Hays Chuckwagon Supper & Cowboy Music Show. Wander through the original set from the movie Dances with Wolves. Experience the west with a delicious original chuckwagon supper and cowboy music variety show for a hand clappin’, toe tappin’, belly laughin’ great time! (B,D)

Day 6 | Omaha

Today we begin our journey toward home with fond thoughts of our wonderful experiences at Custer State Park. Overnight in Omaha, Nebraska. (B)

Day 7 | Home

We continue traveling toward home. Happy trails! (B)