• 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.

Abstract - Restoration Management Plans for National Park Service Prairie Sites in Colorado, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Wyoming. Final Draft

Redente, Edward F. 1993. Restoration Management Plans for National Park Service Prairie Sites in Colorado, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Wyoming. Final Draft. Colorado State University.

Abstract

A site visit was made to Wind Cave National Park on June 15 and 16, 1992 to address issues associated with restoration activities on grassland sites within the Park. The specific issues that werw discussed during my visit included the restoration of the Boland Ridge Road that is severely eroded, the establishment of permanent plots to monitor the invasion of exotic species and determine use by native ungulates, the use of fire as a management tool for grassland sites, the status of vegetation mapping in the Park, and the potential for seed collection in the Park for future restoration projects.

The following report addresses the issues listed above and provides specific recommendations for each item. It is important to note that the implementation of the recommendations contained in this report will require a long-term commitment of resources. In addition, the evaluation of any restorative activity should be judged in light of existing abiotic and biotic conditions that exist at the time that management strategies are implemented. The success of any strategy will be controlled by weather conditions, soil factors, and animal interactions.

Did You Know?

Bull elk in the park.

A Rocky Mountain bull elk weighs between 700 - 800 pounds. Rocky Mountain elk were introduced to the park in 1914 and 1916. More...