• 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.

Seed Study - Solidago missouriensis

Species: Solidago missouriensis
Common name: prairie goldenrod


Solidago missouriensis – prairie goldenrod
Average number of good seeds per gram bulk matter: 1278
Average number of good seeds per gram cleaned: 7762
Commercial estimates of seeds per gram: n.m.
Percent seed: n.m.
Percent live: n.m.
Collection dates: November 8 and 12
Collection effort: 31 grams in 2 person hours
Collection notes: Easy to collect large amounts.
Cleaning notes: Bulk measurement is as it comes off of the plant often with involucres and bracts. Clean seed was full (not flat) seeds with fluff.

Did You Know?

Sign used at Wind Cave in 1903 when the cave became a national park.

Wind Cave is the first cave in the world to be designated as a national park. That occurred on January 9, 1903.