Getting Settled In Custer State Park

If you follow my blog, you know by now that my husband, Bill, and I are hosting in any one of four Visitor Centers, in Custer State Park, in South Dakota. We are so excited to be here, and just like any other visitor to Custer State Park, we are always excited to see the many Bison that roam freely throughout the park. This big boy wandered freely through our campsite,


and stopped to look at me, taking a picture of him, through our bedroom window. It was raining that day but I still liked this picture of him through the rain drops…

Bison are THE number one animal most visitors want to see in the park, so much so, that we actually get a Bison report every morning at the four Visitor Center’s throughout the park, that let us know where the Bison are so we can let the visitor’s know.

Of course, there are lots and lots of other animals roaming freely in the park. We get visited by a herd of dear every morning and evening at or campsite, and I get excited to see them as well.

Once we got settled into our campsite, we ventured out to find a Catholic Church to attend when we are off on Sunday’s . We are not always off on Sunday, but when we are, we attend Mass. The closest Catholic Church to us is in the City of Custer, which is only about 13 miles from our campsite. It’s a small church, but I love the small town feeling of being welcomed this church provides.


So after a week long, whirlwind, most amazing orientation/training we have ever had at any park we’ve hosted at, we are ready to begin our hosting duties here in Custer State Park. We received our official South Dakota State Park uniforms, and are ready to start helping our visitor’s have an amazing experience here in Custer State Park.

We were told during or orientation/training ,that sometimes there could be one, or a herd of 400 Bison outside your door at any given time. The fact of the matter is, it doesn’t matter if there is one, or a whole herd, you can NOT go outside if you have a Bison within 75 yards of the structure you are in. Bison can run 35 miles per hour, so obviously, with this big boy right outside our door, we weren’t going anywhere until he decided to leave… Or, we would have to call for assistance to help him move on down the road… How may people do you know that can call into work late because they have a Bison blocking their path to their car? 🙂

We are loving our experience here in Custer State Park.

Stay Tuned!

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Robin
    May 17, 2019 @ 13:54:40

    Oh my gosh..I can’t wait to see a herd outside your rig! xoxo


  2. Bill
    May 18, 2019 @ 11:48:20

    What a thrill it is to see the bison that close,they are a dangerous animal , you wouldn’t want to get that close out on the roads or grasslands. It’s our first day at the VC, I hope we will be able to get out when we leave for work. Bill


    • beyondcinderella
      May 18, 2019 @ 12:02:34

      It is a thrill to see the bison up close. We need to get our fill of them while we are here, because we sure won’t find them hanging around our front door in Arizona. I’m excited to start our first official shift today at the Visitor Center. Hopefully the bison won’t decide to bed down outside the visitor center, keeping us trapped in there when our shift is over… Love you. XoXo


  3. randombitsoftrialanderror
    May 19, 2019 @ 13:48:31

    We are headed to the Mount Rushmore area and are starting to research places to stay. I will definitely have to call for availability during our time frame. This park looks amazing, and you look so professional and friendly in your new uniform! Maybe, just maybe, we’ll cross paths this summer. Dawn


    • beyondcinderella
      May 19, 2019 @ 23:07:38

      Hi Dawn, thanks for responding to my post. If you are going to the Mount Rushmore area, it will definitely be worth your while to check out availability in this park. It is such a magical and beautiful park, with so, so, much history here. We will be hosting here from May through September, so if you are in the park, please do look for us in any of the four Visitor Centers.


  4. Karen
    May 19, 2019 @ 20:01:36

    I wondered if you could go near the Bison. If you were sitting outside, would they approach you, or do they stay away and only come around when there are no humans in sight? I think this park looks amazing! I’ll be anxious to read more as you enjoy your summer stay.


    • beyondcinderella
      May 19, 2019 @ 23:00:44

      Well hello, Karen. So good hearing from you. Hope all is well with you and yours. In answer to your thoughts about the Bison, you can, of course, take pictures of them from your car as you see them along the roadways. Lots of people stop to do that, and sometimes, as happened when I was driving home from my shift today, the Bison come up to your car and will start licking it because they are after the salt that might be on the sides of cars. Lots of folks that live in the area pick up salt as they drive through snowplowed roads where salt was used to de-ice the roads… However, it is never safe to get too close to the bison. They can run 35 miles per hour, and do not like people to invade their space. I’ve not yet seen any bison approach anyone sitting outside, but, as I mentioned in my blog, they are known to bed down wherever they see fit, and that can, and does mean, outside you motor home, making it unsafe to leave until they leave.XOXO


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