• 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.

Snakes - Red-Sided Garter Snake

Red-Sided Garter Snake - Thamnophis sirtalis

Red-Sided Garter Snake - Thamnophis sirtalis

NPS Photo

The red-sided garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) can be found near flowing water crawling through tall grass and decaying leaves. Their diet consists of toads, fish, tadpoles, and earthworms. To possibly see this snake take a hike along Beaver Creek or Highland Creek.

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.