• 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.

Trees and Shrubs

Trees

Common Name Scientific Name
Apple Malus sp.
American Elm Ulmus americana L.
Boxelder Acer negundo L.
Bur Oak Quercus macrocarpa Michx.
Fleshy Hawthorn Crataegus succulenta
Green Ash Fraxinus pennsylvanica Marsh.
Hackberry Celtis occidentalis L.
Lanceleaf Cottonwood Populus x acuminata Rydb.
Paper Birch Betula papyrifera Marsh.
Plains Cottonwood Populus deltoides Rydb.
Ponderosa Pine Pinus ponderosa Laws.
Quaking Aspen Populus tremuloides Michx.
Rocky Mountain Juniper Juniperus scopulorum Sarg.
 

Shrubs

Family Name Common Name Scientific Name
Anacardiaceae
Smooth sumac Rhus glabra L.
Asteraceae Rubber rabbitbrush Chrysothamnus nauseosus (Pall.) Britt.
Betulaceae Mountain birch Betula occidentalis Hook.
Caprifoliaceae White coralberry Symphoricarpos albus (L.) Blake
Western snowberry Symphoricarpos occidentalis Hook.
Cashew Poison Ivy Toxicodendron rydbergii
Smooth sumac Rhus glabra
Skunkbush Rhus aromatica
Cornaceae Redosier dogwood Cornus stolonifera Michx.
Cupressaceae Common juniper Juniperus communis L.
Creeping juniper Juniperus horizontalis Moench
Grape Virginia Creeper Parthenocissus quinquefolia
Woodbine Parthenocissus vitacea
Fabaceae

Leadplant

Amorpha canescens Pursh
False indigo Amorpha fruticosa L.
Grossulariaceae Golden currant Ribes odoratum Wendl.
Rosaceae Saskatoon serviceberry Amelanchier alnifolia Nutt.
Northern hawthorn Crataegus rotundifolia Moench
Chokecherry Prunus virginiana L.
Red raspberry Rubus idaeus
Wild plum

Prunus americana Marsh.

Mountain mahogany Cercocarpus montanus Raf.
Caprifoliaceae Nannyberry Viburnum lentago L.
Elaeagnaceae Silver buffaloberry Shepherdia argentea (Pursh) Nutt.
Salicaceae Bebb willow Salix bebbiana Sarg.
Diamond willow

Salix eriocephala Michx.

Sandbar willow Salix exigua Nutt.
Yellow willow Salix lutea Nutt.


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