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Buffalo Round up and Arts Festival

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Experience the awe-inspiring spectacle of the annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup nestled within the captivating landscapes of the Black Hills. A true testament to the wild and untamed spirit of the American West, this iconic event offers an unparalleled opportunity to witness the thundering hooves of hundreds of majestic buffalo as they stampede across the rugged terrain. Immerse yourself in the heart-pounding excitement of a tradition dating back over a century, where modern-day cowboys and cowgirls converge to corral and manage the park's thriving buffalo population. Don't miss your chance to be a part of this living legacy, where history, nature, and the indomitable spirit of the West converge in a spectacle that promises memories to last a lifetime.

Witness an awe-inspiring display as skilled cowboys and cowgirls orchestrate the grand roundup and herding of around 1,300 buffalo. Beyond its sheer spectacle, this event serves as a vital management technique, ensuring the vigor and vitality of the buffalo herd.

Mark your calendars for September 29, when the Buffalo Roundup commences at 9:30 a.m. MT, following the opening of parking lots at 6:15 a.m. Arriving early allows you to secure the perfect vantage point. Remember, all guests are required to remain within designated viewing areas until the buffalo are safely corralled, usually by noon. For early risers, breakfast is offered at 6:15 a.m. in both viewing zones, and once the buffalo are gathered, lunch is served at the corrals. Both meals are available for a fee.

The excitement doesn't end with the roundup. Afterward, at 1 p.m., engage in the captivating activities of testing, branding, and sorting the buffalo, a process that continues until approximately 3 p.m. Additional herd management tasks will be carried out by dedicated crews throughout October, ensuring a thorough and meticulous approach to the preservation of this majestic species.

What you need to know before attending

Ensure a comfortable experience by packing folding chairs, cameras, binoculars, layered clothing, rain gear, and sunscreen. Ahead of Friday morning, decide on your preferred viewing area. Remember, all vehicles will exit the same way they entered, with motorhomes also being accommodated. For those heading to the North Parking and Viewing area, follow the green path on the map, located by heading south from the Game Lodge area on Wildlife Loop Road.

Alternatively, access the South Parking and Viewing area by traveling east on Wildlife Loop Road near Blue Bell campground, as indicated by the red path on the map. While it's advised not to bring campers, if necessary, follow the green route on the map to park in the North Overflow Lot. From there, a shuttle will transport you to the Round-up. As a consideration for the event's atmosphere, kindly leave your pets at home. Should you have to bring them, they must remain within your vehicle. For any drop-off locations, contact 605.255.4515.

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Other Activities at the Round up
Fuel your day with a hearty pancake feed that kickstarts the festivities, and as you explore the festival grounds, immerse yourself in a continuous flow of Western and Native American entertainment sheltered under the expansive big top. It's a celebration of culture, creativity, and community, all conveniently located across from the Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center, inviting you to bask in the beauty of art, craftsmanship, and the rich heritage of the Black Hills.

Experience an extension of the Annual Buffalo Roundup through the captivating Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival, scheduled from September 28-30. This vibrant event promises an immersion into the world of fine arts and crafts, featuring an array of up to 150 vendors. During this event, you'll find a diverse range of South Dakota-made products that embody the region's unique spirit.

In conclusion, staying at the Powder House Lodge during the Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival is a truly enchanting experience that will remain etched in your memory. From the rustic charm of the lodge to the captivating festivities of the Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival, every moment will be infused with a sense of wonder and appreciation for the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the region. The lodge’s cozy accommodations provide a comfortable retreat after days filled with exploring art exhibits, enjoying live performances, and witnessing the buffalo roundup. As you reflect on your journey, you will be reminded of the unique blend of artistic expression and natural splendor that makes the Powder House Lodge and the Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival a must-visit destination for anyone seeking to immerse themselves in the heartwarming embrace of South Dakota's rich history and breathtaking landscapes.

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