• 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.

Stories

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?

Bull Elk

Elk were the most widely distributed member of the deer family in North America and spread from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from Mexico to northern Alberta. Elk began to disappear in the eastern United States in the early 1800s. More...