• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Natural Features & Ecosystems

Boxwork in Elks Room

Boxwork in the Elks Room
Click Picture for More Information

NPS Photo by Tom Bean

Wind Cave National Park protects one of the longest, most complex maze-cave systems in the world and contains an amazing amount of the rare cave formation called boxwork. It is a great place to learn about the unique geology of the cave and to hear about the adventures of cave explorers as they actively search for more cave. However, if you only learn about the park through the cave, then you have missed half of what makes this park so special.

Surrounded by a Sea of Grass

Imagine yourself surrounded by a sea of grass softly illuminated by gold-tinged afternoon sunlight. A gentle breeze brings the sweet vanilla scent of the ponderosa pine. In the distance, a heard of bison silently graze while a nearby meadowlark whistles a pleasant song.

As your eyes scan the prairie, you discover not only its signature grasses, but a wide variety of delicate wildflowers. Creamy-white sego lilies, purple coneflowers, and golden-yellow sunflowers add intermittent splashes of color to the carpet of green and brown grasses. Here you can also see the native animals, such as bison, elk, pronghorn, mule deer, coyotes and prairie dogs, who make this place their home.

Wind Cave - Two Worlds

Wind Cave National Park protects two very different worlds - one deep within the earth, the other a sunlit world of many resources.

Did You Know?

Star Lily

The Star Lilly (Leucocrinum montanum) has several common names including sand lily, sage lily, mountain lily, wild tuberose, and Star-of-Bethlehem. The word Leucocrinum comes from Greek meaning "white lily." More...