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    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

2011 News Releases

December 17, 2011
Children Nature Programs and Backcountry Hikes Offered this Winter at Wind Cave National Park
Programs for exploring nature with children and discovering the park’s backcountry will be offered this winter and spring at Wind Cave National Park.

November 02, 2011
Jewel Cave and Wind Cave Offer Free Tours Veterans Day Weekend
Jewel Cave National Monument and Wind Cave National Park will offer free tours beginning Friday, November 11, through Sunday, November 13, in honor of Veterans Day.

November 02, 2011
Drivers Urged to Use Caution at Wind Cave National Park
Winter weather, night driving, and hard to see animals can make for hazardous driving conditions at Wind Cave National Park.

October 17, 2011
Public Celebrates Wind Cave National Park’s New Land
WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK SD – An overflow crowd of neighbors, local residents, and visitors gathered near the historic Sanson homestead in Wind Cave National Park (NP) on Saturday, October 15, to celebrate the acquisition of 5,555 aces of ranchland formerly owned by the Casey family.

October 06, 2011
Addition of Historic Ranch to Wind Cave National Park
HOT SPRINGS, SD -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that the National Park Service has acquired 5,555 acres of former ranchland, including a thousand-year-old buffalo jump and a historic homestead, that will become part of South Dakota’s Wind Cave National Park.

October 06, 2011
Dedication Plans Announced for Wind Cave Land Addition
WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK SD – Visitors can get their first look at the new 5,555 acres of land recently acquired by Wind Cave National Park on Saturday, October 15. A dedication ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m. will be held on the property. Gates into the property will open at 9 a.m. The ceremony will take place outdoors atop a small hill. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear.

September 24, 2011
Historic Plaque Unveiled at Wind Cave National Park
WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, SD: Six trees were planted and a historic plaque unveiled in celebration of National Public Lands Day at Wind Cave National Park Saturday, September 24. The newly formed Friends of Wind Cave National Park provided the labor as trees were replanted around the visitor center in order to preserve one of the park’s cultural landscapes. The new trees replace trees originally planted in 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corp.

September 16, 2011
Wind Cave to Unveil Mather Plaque and Plant Trees on National Public Lands Day September 24
The Friends of Wind Cave National Park and park employees will be busy September 24, National Public Lands Day, replanting trees and unveiling a bronze memorial plaque recognizing Stephen Mather, the first director of the National Park Service. Free cave tours will also be offered that day.

September 07, 2011
National Park Service Opens Office in Hot Springs
OMAHA, Neb. — Seven National Park Service (NPS) employees will soon be moving into their new office in Hot Springs, S.D. Located in the former Movie Gallery video store on South Chicago Street, the office will house the NPS Midwest Region West Servicing Human Resources Office (SHRO).

July 13, 2011
Wind Cave National Park Has Busiest Day Since 1976
WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, S.D. – A rainy Tuesday in mid-July contributed to rangers taking the most people through Wind Cave in a single day since August 10, 1976. Fifteen extra tours were put in to handle the heavy traffic on July 12. Besides the weather, another factor was the temporary closure of the Scenic Cave Tour at nearby Jewel Cave National Monument due to elevator problems.

June 16, 2011
Wind Cave National Park Offers Free Tours June 21
WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, S.D. – To kick off the beginning of summer, rangers at Wind Cave National Park will offer free cave tours on Tuesday, June 21. All thirty cave tours that day will be free. The first tour starts at 8:40 a.m. and the last tour leaves at 6 p.m. All cave tours begin at the visitor center which is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visitors will need a light coat or sweater and sturdy shoes. Reservations are recommended for the Candlelight and Wild Cave Tours; otherwise, all tours are first come, first served.

April 11, 2011
Wind Cave Celebrates National Park Week
WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, SD – Free tours and special activities are scheduled at Wind Cave National Park to celebrate this year’s National Park Week. From Saturday, April 16, through Sunday, April 24, all tours at Wind Cave will be free. In addition to these below ground programs, special hikes will also be offered.

February 19, 2011
Wind Cave National Park Begins Three-Year Elk Study
WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, S.D. – Thirty-four GPS (Global Positioning System) radio collars were recently placed on elk in Wind Cave National Park. This marks the beginning of a three-year study to document the effects of a recently implemented elk management plan.

January 11, 2011
Wind Cave Offers Free Tours over Martin Luther King Holiday
Wind Cave National Park will offer free tours at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, January 15, 16, and 17.

Did You Know?

Natural Entrance of Wind Cave

Winds caused by changes in barometric pressure are what give Wind Cave its name. These winds have been measured at the cave's walk-in entrance at over 70 mph. The winds at the natural entrance of the cave attracted the attention of Native Americans and early settlers.