The annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup occurs the last Friday of September each year. Approximately 1300 buffalo are gathered up from the 71,000 acre park and driven by horseback and truck into corrals, where each animal is individually vaccinated and new calves are branded. The buffalo are then sorted to determine which animals will be sold at the annual buffalo sale in November. The Custer State Park buffalo are highly sought after nationwide for their reputation as high quality disease-free herds.
We will pick you up from your Rapid City hotel at 6:00 AM and drive to the Custer State Park roundup grounds parking areas. We go to the south area of the park just above the corral where the rangers will work with the buffalo. The roads close early so they can start moving the buffalo over the hills without traffic being in the way. Around 8:00 AM we serve a hot breakfast of an egg-buffalo sausage-vegetable dish, muffins, fresh fruit, yogurt, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and bottled water. We provide each guest with a bag chair to sit in as they eat and wait for the buffalo to come over the ridges. This may be anywhere from 10 to 11 AM. After the buffalo come down and we watch the big stampede into the corral area, you can catch a shuttle to the corrals around noon to buy your lunch of BBQ sandwich, chips, beans and a drink for about $13.50 per person. Once you finish lunch you can walk over to the corrals to watch the rangers work with the buffalo. We drive back to Rapid City around 3 PM or so. It is about a 10 hour day. The cost is $100 per person plus the 6% SD sales tax. Guide gratuities are at your discretion.