24564 US Hwy 16/385 Custer, South Dakota 57730
Black Hills Aerial Adventures has the finest pilots in the industry, and we hire and train to the highest standard. All of our pilots undergo regular training under an FAA approved program. Black Hills Aerial Adventures is the only helicopter touring company that has permission to operate within the boundaries of the Black Hills National Parks and the Badlands. This allows us to get you the best possible views of sites and monuments in the area. – 605-673-2163


Portrait of George Armstrong Custer
LTC George Armstrong Custer

In 1874, Lt. Col. George A. Custer lead the 7th calvary on the first expedition of the Black Hills. Its mission was to look for suitable locations for a fort, find a route to the southwest, and to investigate the possibility of gold mining.

Gold was discovered on French Creek by the groups prospector and news of it spread rapidly. As a result, thousands of people flocked to the area looking to get rich quick. The original campsite of the expedition quickly turned into a thriving mining community and the town of Custer was born. But in 1876, word of a rich strike in Deadwood Gulch reached the settlement. Because most of the towns residence were miners, they packed up there things and moved onto Deadwood.


Today, travelers are drawn to Custer for its natural beauty and charming small town atmosphere. Because of its proximity to popular attractions, Custer is a welcoming hub in the Hills. Only miles from roaming buffalo, giant mountain carvings, underground caverns, and one of the nations largest state parks. There are plenty of things to do in and around Custer.


The annual Sound of Silence Tesla Rally showcases the latest advances in electric car technology. Tesla owners from around the world gather to show off their rides in one of the Black Hills fastest growing vehicle rallies. Register your ride now and take part in this unique Black Hills experience.

The Old Time Country Fourth Celebration is the ultimate Independence Day party. Spend the holiday enjoying a Children’s Fair, Arts & Crafts Fair, live music, family games, parades, and fireworks!

Gold Discovery Days, July, commemorates the discovery of gold in the area with a variety of events including parade, car show, bed races, and more.

The Custer State Park Buffalo Round Up is a long standing tradition in the Hills. Watch cowboys and cowgirls as they roundup and drive the herd of approximately 1,300 buffalo. Spectators should arrive early to secure the best viewing positions. Breakfast and lunch are provided.

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