• 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.

Cacti / Desert Succulents

Family Name Common Name Scientific Name
Cactaceae Missouri pincushion Coryphantha missouriensis (Sweet) Britt & Rose
Pincushion cactus Coryphantha vivipara (Nutt.) Britt. & Rose
Nylon hedgehog cactus

Echinocereus viridiflorus Engelm.

Eastern prickly pear Opuntia humifusa (Raf.) Raf.
Plains prickly pear Opuntia polyacantha
Bigroot pricklypear Opuntia macrorhiza

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White Penstemon

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