• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    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.

Multimedia Presentations

Video Clips, Podcasts, and Programs - Download video podcasts of the following topics.

Wind Cave National Park Video 3.1 mb RealVideo - An overview of Wind Cave National Park filmed during the park's Centennial Celebration.

How to Make Limestone - 18 mb RealVideo - a fun program with students learning how limestone forms.

Wild Cave Tour Tightest Spot Video - 906 kb RealVideo - Want to go on Wind Cave's Wild Cave tour? Watch this video of the smallest passageway on the tour route.

What is Boxwork? Learn about this unusual formation found primarily in Wind Cave.

Exploration of Wind Cave Exploration of Wind Cave is a continuing process. Current explorers discover about three miles of cave each year.

Elk History at Wind Cave National Park The history of reintroducing elk to Wind Cave National Park is a fascinating story.

Managing the Elk at Wind Cave National Park Wind Cave National Park is a relatively small national park and all of the grazing animals must share the land. Learn about how the park is protecting the land and the wildlife living here.

PowerPoint Programs - Download the following PowerPoint Presentations

Wind Cave National Parks Waysides and Trails - 6.8 mg

Black-Footed Ferret Reintroduction - 2.9 mb

Geology of Wind Cave - 2.2 mb

Building the Rankin Ridge Fire Tower - 1.2 mb

Centennial Fossil Site - 10.7 mb
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Animated Animal Silhouettes - Artist Tom Brockman has created several animations of park animals.

Did You Know?

A picture of Alvin McDonald in his caving hat.

Alvin McDonald was the first systematic explorer of Wind Cave. He explored the cave from 1890 until his death in 1893. More...