• 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.

Birth of a National Park

First Discovery - Fairgrounds
First Discovery [Fairgrounds] March 20, 1892, J.D. McDonald, E.L.McDonald, A.F. McDonald, John Stabler
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Wind Cave National Park was established in 1903. It is the first national park created to protect a cave. It is one of the oldest national parks in the United States.

Click on the links below to learn more about the birth of this national park.

For more information about the history of the park, visit these pages.



Did You Know?

boxwork

Wind Cave is one of the longest caves in the world and has an amazing amount of a rare cave formation called boxwork. More...