If you dream of a home where the buffalo roam, and deer and antelope play, you should plan to be in Custer State Park, South Dakota on September 26, for the annual Buffalo Round up.
Just a short drive South of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Custer State Park lies in the beautiful Black Hills. Full of lush forests, serene meadows, majestic mountains, and a wealth of wildlife, including white-tail and mule deer, prairie dogs, pronghorn antelope, elk, mountain goats, big horn sheep, and one of the world’s largest publicly owned bison herds. The bison roam freely throughout the park, grazing in the open prairies, and sipping clean, clear waters of the areas four mountain lakes, and several streams.
Each fall the herd of nearly 1300 animals is rounded up and corralled. Park staff along with the help of carefully selected volunteer cowboys and cowgirls, drive the buffalo to the corrals for annual vaccination and thinning of the herd. In order to ensure plenty of forage and optimum herd health, about 300 animals are sorted out to be sold at auction. It is a glorious occasion and a rare sight to behold, and the public is invited to watch.
Park entrance fees are waived for round-up day, and there will be breakfast and lunch available to purchase.
The area has many fun events planned for the whole weekend, so stick around to enjoy the Annual Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival, with more than 100 vendors displaying fine arts and crafts. Western style pancake feeds start the morning off right, and other fun food events include a Dutch Oven Cook-off, and Chili Cook-off. For a small fee you can sample some wonderful dishes.