Lodging & Attractions
A desirable location in the Black Hills makes Custer an ideal vacation headquarters. Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, Custer State Park and several other public recreation areas are just a few minutes away by car. A variety of accommodation types is another plus, since Custer has more than 50 hotels, motels, campgrounds, horse camps, bed and breakfasts and resorts. More than two dozen restaurants provide a diverse culinary experience to match.
Custer’s streets also have more than 30 museums, galleries, gift shops, groceries and retail stores, including the Custer County 1881 Courthouse Museum. Housed in Custer’s frontier courthouse building and open Memorial Day to Labor Day, this museum interprets Black Hills history spanning from the 1874 Custer Expedition to modern day ranching and mining operations.
Surrounded by the 1.2 million acre Black Hills National Forest, residents and visitors experience a variety of recreational activities. Custer is home to three city parks, ball fields, horseshoe and tennis courts, a community swimming pool, a nine-hole public golf course and an aerobics center. The former Burlington &?Missouri railroad bed has been converted into the 114-mile-long Mickelson trail that provides biking, hiking, and horseback riding opportunities through some of the most scenic areas in the Black Hills.