• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Fall Evening Programs

A bull Rocky Mountain elk in Wind Cave National Park.

A bull Rocky Mountain elk in Wind Cave National Park.

NPS Photo

Fall at Wind Cave National Park is the mating season for elk. During this time, the male elk bugle, or create a high-pitched whistling sound, as they battle for dominance in the herd.

Throughout the month of September, rangers will give a brief interpretive program about elk before leading a caravan to a nearby pullout to listen for them. These programs will be offered on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday evenings from September 7 through September 25, 2010.

Participants should meet at the Elk Mountain Campground Amphitheater at 7 p.m. and are encouraged to bring a flashlight, a blanket to sit on, and to dress warmly.

To hear a recording of an elk bugle, CLICK HERE (Windows Media Audio file, 138 KB, 4 seconds). For more information, call the park at 605/745-4600.

Did You Know?

Bull Elk

Elk were the most widely distributed member of the deer family in North America and spread from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from Mexico to northern Alberta. Elk began to disappear in the eastern United States in the early 1800s. More...