• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

2012 News Releases

December 20, 2012
Backcountry Hikes and Children Nature Programs 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 08, 2012
Use Caution When Driving Through Wind Cave National Park
Poor visibility and vehicle speeds too high for winter driving conditions can lead to accidents involving wildlife at Wind Cave National Park.

November 01, 2012
Wind Cave Offers Free Tours over Veterans Day Weekend
Wind Cave National Park will offer free tours over Veterans Day Weekend in honor of U.S. veterans and current members of the U.S. Armed Force.

October 03, 2012
Friends Help Remove Fencing at Wind Cave National Park
Volunteers from the Friends of Wind Cave National Park recently helped park staff remove over 3,300 feet of barbed wire fence on National Public Lands Day.

September 21, 2012
Jewel and Wind Caves Celebrate National Public Lands Day with Free Cave Tours
On September 29, National Public Lands Day, Jewel Cave National Monument and Wind Cave National Park will host visitors and volunteers for a special day of service and celebration.

September 07, 2012
Archeology Survey Conducted at Wind Cave National Park
National Park Service archeologists recently completed a three-week investigation of the Sanson Buffalo Jump and surrounding area in Wind Cave National Park.

August 31, 2012
Wind Cave Offers Programs to Listen for Elk Bugling
Rangers at Wind Cave National Park will be leading programs this September to listen for the bugle of the Rocky Mountain elk.

August 31, 2012
Public Invited to Visit Archeology Dig at Wind Cave
The public is invited to visit an archeology dig in progress at the Sanson Buffalo Jump in Wind Cave National Park on Wednesday, September 5.

August 01, 2012
Mammoth Site Helped Protect Wind Cave’s Museum Objects
The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs served as temporary storage of some Wind Cave museum objects recently when the park was threatened by a wildfire.

July 21, 2012
Visitor Services at Wind Cave National Park Closed Due to Myrtle Fire
Visitor services at Wind Cave National Park remained closed Saturday due to the Myrtle Fire.

June 29, 2012
Fire Restrictions Put in Place at Wind Cave National Park
For the second time this year, Wind Cave National Park has implemented fire restrictions due to extreme fire conditions in the park.

June 29, 2012
Wind Cave Visitation Up 11 Percent for 2012
Rangers at Wind Cave National Park have seen an 11% increase in cave tour visitation over last year.

June 21, 2012
Sanson Ranch Celebration Day July 7th at Wind Cave
A chuck wagon dinner, with a visit from President Teddy Roosevelt, highlights a day of activities at Wind Cave National Park’s new land on Saturday, July 7th.

June 15, 2012
Wind Cave Rangers Offer Tours of Cave and Buffalo Jump this Summer
Rangers at Wind Cave National Park will be offering a variety of interpretive programs this summer.

May 08, 2012
Fire Restrictions Lifted at Wind Cave National Park
Fire restrictions in place since mid-March have been lifted at Wind Cave National Park.

May 04, 2012
Wind Cave National Park to Share Elk with Custer State Park
The superintendents of Wind Cave National Park and Custer State Park announced today that the two parks will cooperate in management of elk that use the parks.

April 17, 2012
Jewel Cave and Wind Cave Celebrate National Park Week
Free tours and special activities are scheduled at Jewel Cave National Monument and Wind Cave National Park to celebrate this year’s National Park Week.

March 22, 2012
Thirty-Five Antlers Confiscated at Wind Cave National Park
Rangers at Wind Cave National Park have increased their backcountry patrols to combat the illegal poaching of elk antlers.

March 16, 2012
Wind Cave National Park Announced Fire Restrictions
Wind Cave National Park Superintendent Vidal Davila announced today that due to extreme fire conditions in the park, fire restrictions are in place under the authority of 36 CFR 2.13 (c). To ensure public safety and to provide the highest degree of protection to park resources, the National Park Service is implementing the following restrictions:

March 15, 2012
Wind Cave Seeks Comments on Pine Beetle Assessment and Response Strategy
Wind Cave National Park is soliciting comments on its Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) Risk Assessment and Response Strategy. This strategy is designed to guide park managers as the current epidemic of beetles nears the park.

March 07, 2012
Planning Meetings for Wind Cave’s New Land March 13 - 15
Wind Cave National Park is hosting a series of meetings in mid-March to receive input on how the public would like to use the newly acquired 5,556 acres of land formerly owned by the Casey Family.

February 28, 2012
Wind Cave National Park Equals Visitors and Money and Jobs
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows the 104,000 visitors who toured Wind Cave in 2010 spent $17.6 million in the park and surrounding communities. This spending supported more than 300 area jobs.

February 28, 2012
Wind Cave National Park Uses Satellites to Track Elk
Thirty-five GPS (Global Positioning System) radio collars were recently placed on elk in Wind Cave National Park. This marks the second year of a three-year study to document the effects of a recently implemented elk management plan.

February 21, 2012
Wind Cave Begins Planning Process for Casey Addition
How visitors will use the newly acquired 5,556 acres of land formerly owned by the Casey Family is the focus of a planning process beginning in mid-March at Wind Cave National Park.

February 15, 2012
Groundwater Flow Study Completed at Wind Cave National Park
Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Park Service recently completed a four-year study looking at the flow, quality, and mixing of the park’s groundwater.

February 03, 2012
Elk Poaching Investigation Continues as Reward Fund Established
Rangers at Wind Cave National Park continue to investigate Tuesday morning’s killing of two bull elk in the park.

February 02, 2012
Wind Cave Rangers Investigate Elk Poaching Incident
Rangers at Wind Cave National Park are investigating the killing of two elk in the park.

January 19, 2012
Wind Cave Seeks Comments on Plan for New Airlock
Wind Cave National Park is soliciting comments on a draft environmental assessment (EA) written to replace the existing revolving door at the cave’s Walk-In Entrance.

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.