Elk Mountain Campground Closed
The Elk Mountain Campground is closed and will remain closed through the summer of 2013 due to across the board budget cuts.
Knee Bone Room Discovery
Trip: On 11/11/2000, Jim Wilson led Greg Glazner, Barbara Smith, & Skip Withrow on a survey trip to the Elbow Room area in the Historic Section where they found an extensive area they named the Kneebone Room.
Trip Report: We returned to the lead off of the Elbow Room that we found on 6/10/2000. We surveyed 646 feet of virgin cave, following a windy passage across one of the biggest holes in the Wind Cave survey. We named the Pelvis and Clavicle Rooms. The trip was cut short when Barbara was setting a station and fell between two breakdown blocks about 4 feet, injuring her mouth, knee, and chin. We bandaged her and headed out, luckily she was able to get out of the cave under her own power. We left tons of leads.
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Did You Know?
Fire is an important factor in protecting the prairie. Historically, fires burned across the prairie every 4 to 7 years. Fires burn the small trees that would otherwise march across the prairie and turn the grasslands to forest.