PIERRE, S.D. Called "an event unlike any other in the world," the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks will host the 55th annual Buffalo Roundup in Custer State Park on Friday, Sept. 25.

The Roundup begins at 10:30 a.m. CDT, which will be livestreamed on this website. Approximately 12,000 to 14,000 people come to the park to watch as 1,300 buffalo are rounded up, counted, vaccinated and sorted with the help of volunteers, staff and horseback riders.

The Roundup coincides with the 27th annual Arts Festival in Custer State Park which runs Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 24-26.

“While the Buffalo Roundup serves as a critical management tool for Custer State Park, it is an event unlike any other in the world,” said Scott Simpson, director of the Division of Parks and Recreation. "The West comes alive on Roundup morning and leaves guests with memories that last a lifetime.

The parking areas for the Roundup, near the corrals along the Wildlife Loop Road, open at 7:15 a.m. CDT and close at 10:30 a.m. CDT Friday. For safety reasons, spectators need to remain in the viewing areas until all the buffalo are corralled which typically occurs around 1 p.m. CDT.

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“The Buffalo Roundup embodies the spirit of South Dakota and gives us an opportunity to show off Custer State Park to the world,” Gov. Kristi Noem said. “This event also helps us emphasize the importance of conservation, ensuring that we’ll have bison thundering through the park for generations to come.”

A state park entrance license is required on Thursday and Saturday, but there is no cost to attend the Buffalo Roundup or Arts Festival on Friday.