• 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.


Browse the collections and learn about records of the past, as well as current research taking place at Wind Cave National Park.

1959 NSS Expedition ¦ The National Speleological Society conducted an official expedition to Wind Cave in 1959. More surveying and scientific research was conducted during these 10 days then all other previous times.

Legislation Pertaining to Wind Cave National Park ¦ Laws enacted in relation to Wind Cave National Park.

Wind Cave Timeline ¦ See the important dates and events in Wind Cave's history, from the 1800s to the modern day.

Trip Reports ¦ These short reports begin in 1990 and chronicle which explorers went into the cave, how much they surveyed, and what they found.

Caving (Trip) Narratives ¦ Most narratives describe exploration trips, significant discoveries, science projects in the cave, or even trips where photography is the main goal of the trip.

Research abstracts ¦ Bibliography on historic research that has taken place at the park, as well as modern findings.

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