• 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.

Wind Cave Room - Plummers Pit

Plummers Pit
Plummers Pit
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An 80-foot high dead-end chimney which extends out of the Madison limestone and into the Minnelusa beds above the cave. It may be an excavated (1935) paleofilled vertical shaft like the Two Cent Stope. Originally climbed by Bill Buckingham and William Plummer as part of the 1959 NSS Wind Cave Expedition. Later surveyed by Lester Lewis, Dave Springhetti and Mark Stock

Did You Know?

fire on the prairie

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.