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    Wind Cave

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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.

Firearms

Legislation

As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws to legally possess firearms in this park.

  • Reference: Section 512 of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, Public Law 111-24, 123 Stat. 1764-65

Park User Responsibility

It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearm laws before entering this park. For instance, the use of firearms is still prhibited - 36 CFR 2.4(a)(1)(iii)

As a starting point, please visit the following State of South Dakota websites:

South Dakota Secretary of State concealed pistol permit information: www.sdsos.gov/adminservices/concealedpistolpermits.shtm

South Dakota Legislature - South Dakota Codified Laws website.

Weapons Prohibited in Federal Facilities

Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances. These facilities are also listed in the Park’s Superintendent’s CompendiumReference: 18 U.S.C. § 930

To learn more about this new federal law click here.

 

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