• 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.

Prescribed Burn - Effect on the Animals

A bison walking through an active prescribed burn area.

A bison walking through an active prescribed burn area.

Since a prescribed fire moves at only 0.1 to 1.6 miles per hour, most animals can move out of its way if needed. Few animals are nesting or caring for young in February, March, April, September, October and early November, the times when prescribed fires are most likely to occur. Most small birds do not arrive in the Northern Great Plains area until around the first of May. Burrowing animals, who by instinct will seek refuge underground, find safety since high temperatures from a prescribed fire only penetrate one to two inches into the soil.

Did You Know?

Bull elk in the park.

A Rocky Mountain bull elk weighs between 700 - 800 pounds. Rocky Mountain elk were introduced to the park in 1914 and 1916. More...