Custer/Wind Cave Parks Field Trip

February 8, 2015 @ 5:30 am
Custer State Park @ Wind Cave NP
Custer State Park
13329 US Highway 16A, Custer, SD 57730
Free but State Park Pass Requiried
Ted Ayers


FEBRUARY 8, 2015


What: Early morning/mid day photography in Custer/Wind Cave Parks area. This will be a day of roaming to find wildlife and landscapes.


When: February 8, 2015


Time: 5:30am (sunrise is at 7:02am) to whenever? (depends on conditions)


Contact: Ted Ayers (605 341-0351 or ) no later than 6:00pm Saturday February 7


Other considerations:

Carpooling recommended (SD Parks Vehicle Pass required).

Be sure to bring a jacket, water or drinks and snacks or lunch.


We will depart from the East Side Family Thrift Center parking lot (Campbell St. side) no later than 5:30am! From there we will follow Highway 79 to Lame Johnny Road. We will turn right on Lame Johnny Road; a well traveled gravel road and follow it to the Custer Sate Park Wildlife Loop Road.


Our first scheduled stop will be at the small stone visitor center

where toilet facilities are available.


We will then proceed south on the Wildlife Loop Road to Red Valley Road and follow it into Red Valley where we hope to find Elk, Coyotes, Bison, Deer and any other moving objects! If conditions permit, we may get some great Sunrise images.


Our trip will continue with drives through Red Valley, parts of  Wind Cave Nat’l Park and along the Four Mile Cutoff Road where we may get lucky and see raptors deer and marmots.


If time permits and/or folks are interested we could swing by

Stockade Lake or Meeker Ranch on our way back to Rapid City.



Suggested Photo Gear:


Wide Angle Lens: 24-105, 18-200, 28-80 will work for landscapes.

Telephoto Lens: 70-200, 70-300, 100-400 will be handy for critters

Filters of choice: Graduated Neutral Density, Polarizer, etc.


Should be a fun day out—hope you can join us!


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