The Black Hills Playhouse is a unique and wonderful environment in the middle of Custer State Park. We want all of our visitors to have the best possible visit, so we’ve compiled this list of tips. As always, feel free to contact our friendly customer service staff if you have any further questions.
State Park Entrance Licenses
All visitors to Custer State Park are required to have an entrance license. Park Rangers frequently come to the BHP to check for stickers on vehicles and issue tickets to anyone without one. You may purchase on site before your performance in the Snack Bar, at one of the main entrances to the Park or online here. *There is no day pass option, only a week or annual.*
About the Weather
While our theater is indoors and has heating and air conditioning, the weather may still have a great impact on your visit. For example, visitors have to go outside to get to the restrooms and the Snack Bar. Summer at the BHP is fickle. The elevation is nearly a mile high, so days are often hot, but the temperature drops dramatically the minute the sun goes down. Rain is common in the afternoons and evenings, especially in June. Be prepared for quick weather changes.
What to Wear
There is no dress code at the BHP, but most people dress casually. We are located in a forest at a high elevation. Days are warm, but evenings are usually quite cool. We recommend a jacket or sweater to layer over lighter clothing. Parking is located in grassy and uneven areas. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are a must to navigate this uneven terrain. Rain is common in the afternoons and evenings, so it’s not a bad idea to have a pair of boots and a raincoat or umbrella stashed in your vehicle. There is no way to use the restrooms or get to the Snack Bar without going outside. We also recommend bug spray for those sensitive to insect bites.
Parking is located on grass or dirt areas around our campus. We will have parking attendants to help you find your way to a safe parking spot. We have plenty of room to accommodate campers, buses, RVs and trailers. Handicapped parking is located near the theater. Just make sure to let the parking attendants know if you have any special needs. We’ll do our best to help you find the spot that’s right for you.
The BHP is located in the middle of Custer State Park - there are no fences to keep animals in or out. Common wildlife sightings range from mice and chipmunks to bats and birds to buffalo, deer, elk, mountain lions, and bighorn sheep. Many animals look docile, but they all have one thing in common…they are wild and can be very dangerous. We encourage you to take pictures, but please do so from a safe distance. Every once in a while, a bird or bat gets in the theatre. Don’t worry, the show will go on!
More questions about your visit to BHP? Call our friendly Box Office staff at 605.255.4141 or toll-free 1.855.584.4141 or reach us through our Contact page