• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

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  • Trail Closure Information

    The Highland Creek Trail is closed. Backcountry Zones 1 and 2 are closed to all off-trail travel and use. The Sanctuary and Centennial Trails remain open to through traffic.

  • Temporary Road Closure Information

    Oct. 18 & 19: NPS 5 and 6 are closed for the entire weekend. Monday, Oct. 20, through Wednesday, Oct. 22, NPS 5 will be closed from Highway 87 to NPS 6. Highway 87 will be closed from Road 342 (Beaver Creek Road) north to the park boundary.

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Field Trips

Learn about the amazing world of caves and explore the sunlit world of the prairie and forests of the park. The park's Environmental Education program which combines both a cave and a prairie experience is offered in late April and early May only. Reservations may be made by calling 605-745-4600. Wind Cave National Park offers educational cave tours throughout the year.

Curriculum Materials

Wind Cave National Park's teacher's guide, Water in the Environment, leads teachers and students on a journey filled with activities that help students learn about the water cycle from the air to watersheds, to ground water and through cave and karst areas. The program will help students develop a broad understanding of the importance of our world's water.

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The different features that decorate a cave are called cave formations or speleothems. The speloeothem Wind Cave is famous for is called boxwork. Popcorn & frostwork may also be seen on cave tours. Explore more of the cave's unique speleothems here.

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Bison, pronghorn, and elk were reintroduced to the Wind Cave National Game Preserve in 1913 and 1914. Because of this, we can see many prairie animals such as: elk, bison, pronghorn, turkeys, prairie dogs, and maybe even a black-footed ferret. And, just as important, we can see the habitat that supports them.

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Wind Cave National Park is located where the grasslands meet the ponderosa pine forests of the uplifted Black Hills. Here, there is blending of the tall grass prairie species of the eastern Great Plains and the short grass species of the western Great Plains. Learn about the vanishing prair1e found in this national park.