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    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.

Wind Cave National Park Announces Fire Restrictions

Wind Cave firefighters Mike Mattmiller and Matt Koller ready equipment in case fire breaks out in or near the park.
Wind Cave firefighters Mike Mattmiller and Matt Koller ready equipment in case fire breaks out in or near the park.
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Date
July 31, 2006

Contact
Tom Farrell, 605-745-4600

Superintendent Linda. L. Stoll 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.

• Developed Areas including the Elk Mountain Campground, visitor center, park residences, offices, and picnic ground: Open fires on the ground, in fire grates, or charcoal grills are prohibited. Gas stoves in or on fire resistant containers are permitted in designated campsites. No smoking is allowed except in vehicles or on the visitor center parking lot.

• Backcountry areas: Fires of any kind on trails or in backcountry areas are prohibited. This includes smoking, gas stoves, and open fires.

These restrictions will be effective until the threat of wildland fire decreases significantly.

There are no fire-related road or trail closures in effect at this time and Wind Cave National Park remains open.

For more information, please call the Park at 605/745-4600.

Did You Know?

boxwork

Wind Cave is one of the longest caves in the world and has an amazing amount of a rare cave formation called boxwork. More...