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6 Pro Tips To Get You Through The Annual Buffalo Roundup

If you’ve ever been to Custer State Park you’ve more than likely seen a buffalo on Wildlife Loop Road. Which is absolutely amazing, but there is one event that tramples -literally- any mere sighting of a buffalo and that is the Annual Buffalo Roundup. Here are a few pro tips to making the Buffalo Roundup an amazing experience.

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 1. Get their early- When I say get there early I mean before the sun is up. I arrived at the park a little before 7:00 AM and the line coming from Wildlife Loop Road stretched as far as the eye could see and it kept coming right up until the Roundup started. At 9:00 they close the gates so no one else can get in so if you don’t want to be turned away get there as early as you can. Not only that if you want to get a decent spot to watch you’ll want to beat the crowd. 

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2. Bring your long lens- If you plan on taking pictures of the round up you’ll want to bring your longer lenses. Since Buffalo are wild animals and extremely dangerous unless you have a press pass and sign a waiver you can’t get very close to them. Even the Media is pretty far away so in order to get amazing photos take a long lens and try to stand by the fence.

3. Bring Snacks- If you are there for a long time you’ll probably get a little hungry. If you don’t want to stand in a long line for food make sure you bring plenty of snacks and water to survive!

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4. Layer-up! It can be cold during the early morning hours so you’ll want to dress in layers and bring blankets so you don’t freeze. It usually warms up after a while so layers are the best way to dress.

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5. Watch and be amazed- It’s not every day you see 1,300 buffalo running across a field with Cowboys hooping, hollering, and snapping bull whips. Trying to explain the scene is impossible. It is truly an amazing experience and you will not be disappointed when you see these mighty beasts creating thunder underneath your feet as they run across the countryside.

6. Get a closer look- During the initial roundup you will be pretty far away but take a hike down the hill to the corrals and you can get a much closer look. Just remember they are dangerous wild animals so you don’t want to hang on the fence.

The Annual Roundup is a historical and truly amazing event everyone should experience at least once. Make plans to attend and be amazed by 1,300 running buffalo.  

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Anne Orban

Anne was born and raised in the Rushmore State and is so glad to call a place with so much beauty home. After spending a few short years away in college, she is happy to be back in the place she loves most, Rapid City.  

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Anne was born and raised in the Rushmore State and is so glad to call a place with so much beauty home. After spending a few short years away in college, she is happy to be back in the place she loves most, Rapid City.  

Anne tries to live her life authentically documenting everything with her trusty Nikon D5200. She can often be found writing in coffee shops, on a new hiking trail with friends, or walking her cat Meredith in any of the parks around town. As a perpetual wanderlust, Anne has taken a few road trips and plans on taking many more. Her favorite past time is playing tourist in her own back yard and finding hidden treasures in the Black Hills.

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