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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.

Fire Restrictions Lifted at Wind Cave National Park

A prairie dog stands on his mound a few feet away from a puddle of water on the prairie.
Recent rains have led to the lifting of fire restrictions at Wind Cave National Park.
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News Release Date: May 8, 2012
Contact: Tom Farrell, 605-745-1130

WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, S.D. - Fire restrictions in place since mid-March have been lifted at Wind Cave National Park. Park superintendent Vidal Davila announced today that due to recent rains, cooler weather, and the start of the spring green up, normal park operations and fire restrictions are now in effect.

Fire monitors will continue to watch for changes and future fire closures may occur due to the warm/dry spring conditions that still exist in portions of the southern Black Hills.

For more information, call the park at 605-745-4600.

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Prairie Dog Barking

Lewis and Clark, while on their journey up the Missouri River in 1804, noted that this "wild dog of the prairie...appears here in infinite numbers." More...