• 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 - Wretched Hole

Andi O'Conor surveys her way through the Wretched Hole
Andi O'Conor surveys her way through the Wretched Hole
NPS Photo by Jim Pisarowicz
 
The route through the Wretched Hole was surveyed on May 21, 1984 by Jim Pisarowicz, Warren Netherton, and Andi O'Conor. This is a very, very tight belly crawl with lots of boxwork to catch one's cloths. A truly wretched route!

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.