• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota


Exploring in Wind Cave above Lake Land

Bob Kobza exploring in Wind Cave above Lake Land

NPS Photo by Jim Pisarowicz

Wind Cave National Park protects two very different worlds - one deep within the earth, the other a sunlit world of many resources. The park is also one of America's first national parks.

The stories of Wind Cave National Park tell the tales of exploring one of the world's longest cave systems, the development of the world's first national park to protect a cave, returning the wildlife to the park's surface world, the work of groups such as the Civilian Conservation Corps to prepare the park for visitors, and the ongoing conservation efforts to protect a mixed-grass prairie ecosytem.

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.