Friday, September 28, 2018

Feel the thunder and join the herd at the annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup. Watch cowboys and cowgirls as they roundup and drive the herd of approximately 1,300 buffalo (number of animals vary depending on rangeland conditions). Not only is the roundup a spectacular sight to see, it is also a critical management tool in maintaining a strong and healthy herd.
The Bison

The Custer State Park herd of 1,500 bison roams freely throughout the park, often stopping traffic along the 18-mile Wildlife Loop Road. The herd is one of the largest publically-owned herds in the world.

Bison can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds. Historically, the animal played an essential role in the lives of the Lakota (Sioux), who relied on the “tatanka” for food, clothing and shelter.

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7:00 AM Breakfast
7:30 AM  Depart the ranch and head for Custer State Park for the Buffalo Round up.
8:30 AM  Arrive at the Buffalo Round up.
Approximately 10:00 AM Get your camera’s ready for the ground to shake as 1,500+ head of buffalo come stampeding over the hill side.  This is a once in a lifetime experience you don’t want to miss.  After the dust settles, we will head down to the corrals and get up close and personal with the buffalo.  Enjoy watching the cowboys as they start to sort out the buffalo to get them ready for branding, vaccines and sale.  In the corral area there will be a lot vendors selling different items. Take a stroll and see what you need to take home with you.
12:00 PM  Have lunch at the corrals.
1:30 PM  Depart the Round Up corrals and head back to the ranch or to State Game Lodge for the Arts and Craft Festival!