Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup


Feel the thunder of prehistoric beasts as they rumble by during this fall tradition in South Dakota’s beautiful Black Hills. Ever since park rangers started rounding up some 1,200 head of buffalo each fall for the annual branding, sorting and vaccinating, visitors have been fascinated by this Old West tradition.

September 28 – October 4, 2016

Double: $1,505/person
Single: $2,095/person


  • 10 Meals
  • Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival
  • National Museum of Woodworking (optional)
  • Hayride and Chuckwagon Cookout at Custer State Park
  • 1880 Vintage Train Ride
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Dinner at Laughing Water Restaurant at Crazy Horse
  • Laser Light Show, “Legends in Light”
  • Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup
  • Fort Hays Chuckwagon and Dinner Show
  • Moderate Physical Activity


Day 1
Meet new friends today as you board the deluxe motor coach heading west. Travel to Lincoln, Nebraska for the first overnight.

Day 2
Continue your journey to Custer, South Dakota, where you check into your hotel for 3 nights.
Included Meal: Cont. Breakfast

Day 3
What a day this will be! Rise and shine bright and early to take in the exciting annual buffalo roundup. Make sure you bring your own lawn chair, camera, binoculars, sunscreen and rain gear. Feel the thunder as buffalo rumble by and park personnel, cowboys and cowgirls do their best to drive the park’s herd into the corrals – passing two designated viewing areas along the way. After the herd is safely in the corrals, the park staff will sort, brand, test and select certain animals for the fall sale, held later in November. Enjoy lunch on the grounds before returning briefly to your hotel or visiting the National Museum of Woodcarving (optional). Late this afternoon, we travel to Crazy Horse Memorial, which honors the culture, tradition and living heritage of North American Indians. Visit the base of the mountain before enjoying the many attractions at the visitor center. Dinner tonight is at Laughing Water Restaurant at Crazy Horse, followed by its spectacular laser light show, “Legends in Light,” before returning to our hotel.
Included Meals: Cont. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4
Today’s agenda includes the Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival, offering entertainment, arts and crafts and food, including buffalo burgers! Enjoy the highly competitive Dutch Oven Cook-off with its energy, humor and delicious food. This evening, enjoy the hayride and delicious chuckwagon cookout at Custer State Park. This old-fashioned vehicle-drawn wagon takes you on back roads to a mountain meadow canyon for a delicious chuckwagon feast accompanied by toe-stompin’ musical entertainment.
Included Meals: Cont. Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5
This morning begins with a delightful journey through the Black Hills National Forest aboard the 1880 vintage steam train like the ones that helped settle the West. Visit Mount Rushmore, a tribute to our country. After checking into the hotel, depart for the Fort Hays Chuckwagon Supper & Cowboy Music Show. Wander through the original set from the movie Dances with Wolves. Experience the west with a delicious original chuckwagon supper and cowboy music variety show for a hand clappin’, toe tappin’, belly laughin’ great time.
Included Meals: Cont. Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6
Today we begin our journey toward home with fond thoughts of our wonderful experiences at Custer State Park. Overnight in Omaha, Nebraska.
Included Meal: Cont. Breakfast

Day 7
We continue traveling toward home. Happy trails!
Included Meal: Breakfast

Departing From: Champaign, Decatur, Springfield, Litchfield, Pontoon Beach, Hazelwood, St. Charles, Columbia, Kansas City/Marion, Mt. Vernon, Nashville, Fairview Heights, South County, Cape Girardeau, Evansville