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?
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.