Custer State Park
Our last stop on our road trip was Custer State Park. Since we were staying at Hill City it was only a short 15-20 minute drive into the western entrance of the park. We parked near Sylvan Lake and hiked towards the Sunday Gulch Trail. We had anticipated hiking around the entire trail but as we started counter clockwise on the trail we ran into a flood area that was impassible without getting completely soaked. We still wanted to hike the trail so we turned around and headed clockwise on the trail and only did a quarter of the trail. After climbing to the top of a ridge we decided to stop and let the kids play on top of the large boulders. The views were pretty amazing from this point. Peter and Emma enjoyed spending time digging up a really cool crystal rock. From here we headed back the same way we came until we were back at Sylvan Lake. Since it was a shorter hike than we had anticipated we got in the car and drove along the Needles Highway until we came to the Little Devil’s Tower Trailhead. We hiked along this trail and then headed all the way to the top. It became quite steep as we neared the top but the hike was totally worth it when we saw the views. Abby was especially proud of herself for hiking to the top. After getting back to our car we drove through the Wildlife Loop Road so we could see the big bison and all the other wildlife that was roaming around.
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