• 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.

1959 NSS Expedition to Wind Cave Preliminary Geology Report

George H. Deike, III - Staff Geologist
William B. White - Staff Mineralogist

Spring 1961


The geology of Wind Cave is complex and different in many respects from limestone caves of other areas. Limitations on time and lack of suitable cave maps prevented the staff from obtaining a complete picture of the geology, but sufficient groundwork has been laid for a number of detailed studies in the future. Since this work is of a preliminary nature, no attempt will be made here to fit the data into the framework of existing literature or to draw detailed conclusions. The sections of this report list many of the observations made. In general, we have attempted to build from the excellent earlier report by Tullis and Gries (1938).

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