GUNSEL HORSE ADVENTURES
THE 58th CUSTER STATE PARK
FALL BUFFALO ROUNDUP AND TRAIL RIDE
September 26st-29th 2023
South Dakota’s Custer State Park is celebrating over 100 years of providing outdoor recreation for not only South Dakotans, but the world’s population. For the last 55 years, they have held a Buffalo Roundup that is second to none. 1400 head of Buffalo running hard with the riders in hot pursuit, yelling and cracking their whips In the first few years, it wasn’t well known, but now over 14,000 people (last year over 20,000) from all over the world each year thrill to the sight of the herd running hell bent thru the hills with the riders pushing them toward the corrals.
You can be a part of this great adventure on one of our safe, trailwise, surefooted, well trained, reliable, gentle saddle horses. Granted you will not be herding the Buffalo, but you will be in close proximity to the herd as it moves along towards the corrals.
Tuesday - The first day, your guide will take you on a horse back visit
to areas seldom seen in Custer State Park. After supper we will have lots of Cowboy
songs, poems and stories.
Wednesday - We will take you down the beautiful French Creek Canyon and return on the Rim trail. That evening we will again have Cowboy songs, poems and stories around the campfire.
Thursday - We will ride West into the Parker Canyon Area of the Park. This area has a narrow draw and then a open prairie area that Antelope and Big Horn Sheep seem to like. We will have lunch by a creek with big trees ( Elm and Cotton wood) and then head South. We will eventually hit the Centennial Trail (which runs from Wind Cave National Park to Bear Butte State Park in the Northern Hills. 101 miles of trail to celebrate South Dakota's Centennial) and follow it back to towards camp. In time for Supper and Cowboy songs, poems and stories around the campfire.
Friday - After an early Breakfast at Blue Bell Lodge, we will trailer
the horses to the Buffalo Corrals and the roundup teams will be briefed on the way
things are supposed to go. Doesn’t always work out that way. You will be in a great
area to view the Buffalo Roundup horseback. After the Buffalo have been gathered
and we eat lunch at the corrals, you can watch the sorting & branding of the Buffalo
from the catwalks above the chutes. When we return to camp, the Buffalo Roundup and Trail Ride is officially over. We will break down the camp and head for home. If you decide to stay in the area, the Custer State Park Arts Festival will be in full progress Friday afternoon and Saturday.
During your stay in Custer State Park, you will have the possibility of seeing Buffalo,
Elk, Deer, Big Horn Sheep, Coyotes, Eagles, Prairie Dogs, Antelope and even Mountain
Lions, which we have seen in the past. Naturally, the Camp Cooks will have some
of the best food in the West, served up hot and delicious. You will be staying in
Range Tents with floors and zippers and living the Cowboy Way, with modern toilet
and shower facilities available at the end of each day’s ride.
Now to cap things off, the evenings will be spent around the campfire listening
to the songs, poems and stories of the West presented by a host of western entertainers.
And most likely, a few coyotes will be harmonizing in the background. What a way
to start the Fall Season, viewing the Buffalo Roundup horseback and lots of beautiful
country to ride in.
The price for this 4 day fantastic Buffalo Roundup and Trail Ride Adventure is $400.00 per person per day plus 6% state sales tax.
A deposit of 50% of the total
due is required to hold your reservation with the balance due 30 days prior to the
start of the Roundup.
Send your deposit to Bob Lantis Box 1575 Rapid City, South Dakota 57709.
Phone 605-343-7608 - cell 605-390-2176
This will be the adventure of 2023.
Don’t be left out !
Deduct $100.00 if you book before Feb 1, 2023
We were featured in a "BORN TO EXPLORE" TV episode and AMERICAN COWBOY COLLECTORS ADDITION MAGAZINE IN 2013 and in 2016 the Buffalo Roundup was featured on CBS Evening News.