With a population around 2,000 people, Custer is the gateway to the roaming wildlife of Custer State Park. It is just minutes from Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument and all the adventures and activities of the Black Hills.
The gold rush brought the first settlers to Custer County, as they followed the wagon tracks of the 1,000-strong 1874 Expedition led by Lt. Col. George A. Custer. But it is other, less tangible lures that entice residents to the area today. Families are drawn to the spectacular scenery, a wide variety of recreational opportunities, world-class attractions, a healthy environment, a sense of community and an indefinable essence, which is often described as an aura of spirituality.
Surrounded by 1.2 million acres of the Black Hills National Forest, Custer City has three city parks, ball fields, horseshoe pits, volleyball and tennis courts, a community swimming pool, a nine-hole public golf course, disc golf course, skateboard park and aerobics/activities at the YMCA. Custer has a variety of places to eat. You'll find full-service restaurants, delis, family diners and homemade pie and ice cream.
Adventure seekers love Custer because of its close location to some of the best hiking, biking and horseback riding trails in the area. In just minutes, you can be scaling a granite needle, hiking to the top of the highest peak east of the Rocky Mountains or heading off-road for a real wilderness adventure.
For those of us who are fortunate enough to live and work here, it truly is the gold at the end of the rainbow.