• 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.

Historic District - Ranger Dormitory and Mess House - 1931

Ranger Dormitory and Mess House - 1931
Ranger Dormitory and Mess House - 1931
NPS Photo by Jim Pisarowicz
This building is located 150 yards (137m) SW of visitor center, across the parking lot, and atop a hill. Built in 1931, this structure was originally planned as a ranger dormitory. It was subsequently considered too small for that purpose, and remodeled into a residence. Like the other residences near the visitor center, 2" by 4" wood frame construction was used for the main house, the foundation made of native sandstone, and the exterior walls covered with yellow-tan stucco. The house's interior was modernized but even with some modifications, the exterior of the residence maintains its historic integrity.

Did You Know?

Sign used at Wind Cave in 1903 when the cave became a national park.

Wind Cave is the first cave in the world to be designated as a national park. That occurred on January 9, 1903.