Tara Munro’s brother, Ben Queen, was riding through Custer State Park with his wife, brother and two friends when they happened across a stampede of buffalo.

He recorded great footage of the event on a remote camera which was attached to his Harley Davidson. The group of motorbike riders had pulled over to allow the buffalo a peaceful pass however another motorist had less patience and spooked the buffalo attempting to pass. (Credit: taramunro)

Few truly wild places remain in this country. Custer State Park is one of them. Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, the park is home to a variety of wildlife and magnificent scenery spanning 71,000 acres.

Nearly 1,300 bison, commonly called buffalo, roam the prairies and hills of Custer State Park, which they share with swift pronghorn, shy elk, sure-footed mountain goats and curious burros. Visitors often enjoy close encounters with these permanent residents along the 18-mile Wildlife Loop Road that winds around the southern edge of the park. Unique Scenery

Slender granite formations called "Needles" dominate the skyline. These unique rock outcroppings are an excellent place for rock climbers to push themselves to the limit. With its winding roads and small granite tunnels, the 14-mile Needles Highway (SD Highway 87 between Sylvan Lake and Legion Lake) provides the perfect backdrop for a scenic drive and ranks as a favorite among sightseers and motorcycle enthusiasts.

A third scenic drive, Iron Mountain Road, connects the park to Mount Rushmore National Memorial via a 17-mile stretch of SD Highway 16A. The route includes some of the most breathtaking scenery in the area as well as three more tunnels and three "pigtail" bridges. (Source)


Responses to "Buffalo Stampede at Custer State Park (Video)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    This was FANtastic!

  2. JIgoe says:

    Sturgis on their minds.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps not a 'stampede' ! but nice to watch buffalo up close ty x

  4. Anonymous says:

    such beautiful animals - but lucky no one got hurt. dude in the red car was not too bright.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful and terrifying all at the same time! Yay, the buffalo are BACK!!!

  6. Unknown says:

    I don't think it was very smart to just sit there, I would have gotten out of the way! You're right the guy in the red car wasn't too bright. Lol

  7. Priscilla says:

    I met a buffalo on a path there once . . . hightailed it back to the car quickly!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I was driving back to Rapid City from Pine Ridge, the back way, and needed to be there for a late meeting. It was dusk. Found myself facing and then surrounded by a herd of buffaloes. I remembered what I was told. Stay still. I let them stare at me from the driver's side, two inches from my face, and completely surround my car. I waited and slowly, they moved out. It took them quite a while.... Needless to say, I was late for the meeting... Somewhere, I have a couple of photos I took while waiting for them to make their way around me. It was like a sea of buffaloes - and they are big! - around my vehicle...

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  10. Gina says:

    Thank you for sharing this!

  11. Thank you for the posting, this was powerful

  12. Anonymous says:

    Looks really odd... buffalos on the street between cars and motorcyles... but great they are still alive and wandering on this earth.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful footage. The guy in the red car was either ignorant or stupid

  14. Francis says:

    The sound of the Harley was nice background music...two wild beasts...untamed

  15. Anonymous says:

    Funny, loved seeing it, thanks. I liked the ones who were
    curious and stopped to check out the bikes. Guy in red car
    should have been arrested.


    LOVED IT !

  17. jene malone says:

    thank you once in a life time scene for me enjoyed very much again thank you

  18. Angie Cox says:

    We encountered a large herd of Bison on Antelope Island, here in Utah. There were 7 of us on motorcycles as they crossed in front and between us. Took close to 10 minutes for all of them to slowly work their way across. In that time we sat with the bikes off and were reminded how large and powerful these wonderful animals are, and of how small we were. It was a wonderful memory.

  19. Unknown says:

    amazing ty to share

  20. Unknown says:

    Awesome footage and thanks for sharing. They are BIG BEAUTIFUL animals.

  21. Cheryl D. says:

    I'd been so scared, I'd probably would have peed! You guys were so close to them! Thanks, this was great!

  22. Very Beautifil I love seeing the buffalo, and i am very lucky to have seen 2 white buffalo in my lifetime......i hope to see more...... <3 :)

  23. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for sharing, that was really awesome to watch! And, yes I agree... person in Red Car was not so bright!!

  24. Carol says:

    That was awesome. They are big animals,never say one that close up. Thanks for sharing

  25. They are curious to say the least. They don't usually pay attention to cars or trucks. The fact of the Motorcycles being there and the people in the open on them presented a danger to them perhaps.
    I have had them pass us when we were there, but never presented a problem.

  26. Wow, like a fish out of water, poor creatures. They need to build a bridge or underpass so they can cross the road.

  27. Anonymous says:

    I have also heard that being still is the safest thing... the person driving the red car could have gotten someone killed and could have started an actual stampede, getting many injured and or killed- Wonder if there are signs instructing humans how to behave when buffalo are present. I never seen any, but haven't been out there on that stretch of highway for a while.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Not really a stampede.

  29. Evonne says:

    so cool an yes the red car could have gotten someone or bike hurt!

  30. Anonymous says:

    Awesome video, the person in the red car is not the brightest crayon in the box, sorry to say, especially going around and getting close to the bull and the young calves that bull was not a happy camper, thankfully the bull did not charge after any of you. So cool, would love to experience this opportunity myself one day, minus a dingbat in a car.

  31. Anonymous says:

    en France c'est bison futé

  32. Sheila Jones Bennett says:

    It was everyones lucky day! Hot Springs, so. dak. is my home town and i have seen the damages that a bison can do and it was not a pretty sight.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Awesome photos - at least the motorcycle riders were smart enough to stay put. Guy in the red car - lucky he didn't get rammed by one of these giants.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Poor animals should not have to run on asphalt,,,i agree the guy in the car, self centered idiot.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Sorry that you were not able to have the White Buffaloes on video. They are truly rare.

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