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  • If you are looking for wildlife they suggest you go to the southern part of the park

    • by amandafishy

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      This area can be extremely warm during the summer. Upper 80’s and 90’s are not uncommon. We stopped at the visitors center of the battle of Little Big Horn. This is way out in the middle of nowhere. There is a speaking guide, museum and little store here. The speaker told us what actually happened to Custer and his troups at the battle of Little Big Horn. They have everything marked out recognizing what had happened and where. There is also a grave yard with metal horses for the horses. You have to come to visit to understand what they did here. It is

      really a wonderful tribute. I still have my squashed penny from the machine in the museum. The museum also goes through the Little Big Horn battle has lots of artifacts from the area.

      Custer has so much to see and it is extremely large so things are different at different spots. The park is more than 70,000 acres. If you are looking for wildlife they suggest you go to the southern part of the park. The bison congregate there and you could easily see elk, deer, bighorn sheep, mountain goats and the crazy little prairie dogs. Bison can be pretty rowdy so it is best to stay in the car. They are such clowns, I just love them. If you are into the ruggedness of the area and mountains drive in the northern section of the park. If you into the less rugged the southern section is for you with its pine woods and prairie.

      One nice highway to drive on is the Needles. There are lots of scenic outlooks and are wonderful for picture taking, especially if you have a wide angle lens. The highway is narrow and curvy but it is worth the drive. There are really neat looking rock formations on this drive. There are some very peaked granite formations that named the needles ...

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      because they are so pointed. The visitors brochures are very informative and explain the creation of the area many eons ago. This area has been highly eroded and the brochures say that this area was once as big as the Rockies. One thing that you shouldn’t forget is binoculars. They come in handy for seeing critters at a distance. We had a nice time picnicing at Sylvan Lake. The area has granite rock formations and has picnic tables and grills. It takes about ½ hour to walk around the lake.

      There are lots of campgrounds around the area. We stayed at the Stockade and paid

      $15 per night with the tent. The ground was kinda hard there and we were not expecting that and did not prepare to drive our spikes into the rock solid dirt. It was extremely quiet with no road noise. The nights are extremely clear and we spent lot of time looking at the stars and listening to the critters talk. I love that it is very calming. It is all extremely suitable for a family vacation.

      This is such a large place I could write pages and pages of what the park has to offer but I don’t have the room. It is all worth the trip.

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