Frequently Asked Questions About Custer National Forest
Is there a fee to get into Custer National Forest?
No, there is no fee to get into Custer National Forest. However, there may be day-use fees or permits required for various activities and places within the forest. Some of these permits are free, others require a small fee.
Does Custer National Forest offer free camping sites?
Yes, Custer National Forest offers free camping sites. Dispersed camping is allowed throughout the forest - there are no amenities and campers are expected to leave no trace when they pack up camp. There are also a few campsites, like the M-K Campground, that have vault toilets but no other amenities and are free spots to camp.
Is Custer National Forest open all year round?
Yes, Custer National Forest is open year-round. Certain areas of the forest may be inaccessible in winter because of snow, but other parts are great for hiking or snowshoeing in winter.
What is the best time to visit Custer National Forest?
The best time to visit Custer National Forest is in summer. The weather is warm enough for plenty of outdoor activities, and the park is most accessible in summer.
Fall is also a lovely time to visit the forest, and you'll be able to see brilliant fall foliage. However, water and other services may be turned off in many areas of the park to get ready for colder weather.
What type of wildlife lives in Custer National Forest?
Wildlife living in Custer National Forest includes coyotes, bighorn sheep, marmots, wolves, grizzly bears, moose, pronghorns, bobcats, and bison. There is also a variety of birds, plus plenty of fish swimming in the lakes and rivers of the forest.