• 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.

CCC - Changing Lives

CCC Alumnus Fred Rothenberger

CCC Alumnus Fred Rothenberger

NPS Photo

I’ll always be thankful that I had a chance to come to the C.C. camp…I learned a lot of things I otherwise would not have had the opportunity to learn…In my own thinking I wish these sort of programs would have continued because I see a lot of need for young people who would benefit from the lifestyle of a C.C. camp.
Fred Rothenberger, NP-1 alumnus
Wind Cave Superintendent Edward D. Freeland

Superintendent Edward D. Freeland

NPS Photo


Superintendent Edward D. Freeland (1931-1939) witnessed the transformation of the park and the lives of local men during the hard depression years. The Corps improved many suffering South Dakota communities. New camps boosted local economies and young men from rural areas learned trades and became disciplined, educated citizens.

The Civilian Conservation Corps changed the lives of the enrollees, their families, and surrounding communities. Park visitors from across the nation have benefited from their work

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