Elk Mountain Campground Closed
The Elk Mountain Campground is closed and will remain closed through the summer of 2013 due to across the board budget cuts.
Wind Cave Offers Free Tours over Martin Luther King Holiday
Contact: Tom Farrell, 605-745-1130
WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, S.D. - 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. Visitors will walk along the Garden of Eden Tour Route and view boxwork formations for which the cave is famous. This quarter of a mile tour is moderately strenuous with approximately 150 steps and lasts one hour.
"Many people have made resolutions to spend more quality time with loved ones and to get outdoors and unplug in 2011," said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. "There's no better place than a national park to help keep those resolutions. Parks offer superb recreational opportunities, making them perfect places to enjoy our beautiful land, history and culture, and nurture a healthy lifestyle."
Tickets are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Cave temperature is approximately 53 ºF. A light coat or sweater and sturdy walking shoes are recommended. All tours begin at the visitor center located ½-mile off US Highway 385.
For more information, contact Wind Cave National Park at 605-745-4600.
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