• 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.

Caving Narrative 2007 - July 10

Chris Amidon sketching along a tour route in Wind Cave

Chris Amidon sketching along a tour route in Wind Cave

NPS Photo by Kristen Schulte

Chris Amidon, Erin Niedringhaus, Abby Tobin, Kristen Schulte

Cave Resurveyed:
425.75 feet

Resurveyed all of AG (1-23) with the AJ (21-40). The MC 7-9 survey was redundant with the AG and so those stations should be wiped from the database. This area has heavy historic traffic, lighting cables, construction debris, Alvin string, candle stubs, matches, newspaper and historic writing. Some newspaper between AJ21-AJ22 has been marked with blue and white flagging The lighting cables were not recorded in the sketch as they are scheduled for replacement soon . The AG14A-AG14E survey is no longer connected into AG14 (as that station no longer exists). That survey is scheduled for resurvey on 7/31/07 and will be reconnected into AJ29. It still is connected into AJ9. Handful of leads to mop up off of this resurvey.

Report by: Chris Amidon

Did You Know?


Wind Cave is one of the longest caves in the world and has an amazing amount of a rare cave formation called boxwork. More...