With Best Western Buffalo Ridge Inn as your home base, you are in the perfect location to experience the exciting and enriching things to do in Custer, South Dakota. Staying at our convenient location means you will be situated close to 6 of the area’s most famous national parks and monuments. Additionally, enjoy being conveniently close to Custer Regional Hospital when you stay with us!
Custer, South Dakota is filled with bucket-list worthy attractions to see, as well as bountiful nature encounters to experience. Of these, debatably the most well-known is Mount Rushmore. Located just a 30-minute journey away is this stunning mountain and its famous carvings of the country’s past presidents. Crazy Horse Memorial, Buffalo Ridge Camp Resort, the historic Deadwood, Badlands, Black Elk Peak, Jewel Cave, and more await you near Best Western Buffalo Ridge Inn. While many of these sites are brimming with educational or cultural significance, they are all located in stunning open-air settings. If you decide to head to the Badlands, be sure to consult our front desk staff first! Our impeccable concierge services include assisting you in planning your entire excursion!
Outdoor experiences offer a wealth of things to do in Custer, SD. Explore caves, rent a bike, hike mountains, or go for a jog on the nearby Mickelson Trail. Whatever your pace, Custer has sensational outdoor adventures for you and the whole family!
Located directly behind our hotel, you will find Buffalo Ridge Camp Resort, a stunning campground in the core of the Black Hills. Book a comfortable room in our Best Western Buffalo Ridge Inn for convenient access to the park and explore all that it has to offer. The campgrounds offer an array of free, family-friendly activities such as playgrounds, sports, lawn games, and even a heated pool! At night, the resident Buffalo Ridge Theater offers live shows. Absorb the magic of the outdoors and enjoy beautiful views of the rolling Black Hills as you play and explore.
If you are willing to travel slightly further, just 8 miles away is a stunning jogging or biking trail, Mickelson Trail, that runs for 109 miles. Head over to get some exercise, see the area, and immerse yourself in the nature experiences of Custer, South Dakota. Our guests absolutely love this local attraction for its convenient location and gorgeous views. Hailed as the country’s first “rails to trails” project, the trail also has a rich history behind it. Go for the history, the nature, or the exercise. Regardless of your driving force, an afternoon spent here is sure to be thoroughly enjoyed!
Mickelson Trail offers parking, vault toilets, and tables for snacking.
While casinos and nightlife now largely dominate the city of Deadwood, the area is packed with historic significance and age-old charm. Deadwood was a busy setting during the Wild West days and is well known for its gold rush history. Apart from casinos, the area is now home to several museums.
As with most attractions in the Black Hills vicinity, Deadwood offers exciting outdoor activities to discover such as hiking, biking, and ATV rides. One of the most popular Deadwood attractions is Mount Moriah Cemetery, where you can visit the graves of infamous Wild West legends such as Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, and Seth Bullock.
Fun fact: this notorious city received some screen time in Braveheart, after several scenes were filmed here.
One of the closest things to do in Custer, SD while staying with us is to visit the Buffalo Ridge Theater. Offering a variety of shows, campers will not want to miss out on the talent that presents itself on stage at Buffalo Ridge Camp Resort! Click here for tickets!
Show Time: 630pm-8pm
Tickets: $12.00 at the show or $10.00 at the hotel with a room package
Families: $30 for 4-6 people
Families at the hotel: $25 with room package