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.
Elk Mountain Campground offers groups of campers a unique opportunity to enjoy camping on the prairie/forest edge. For groups numbering from 9 to 30, there are two designated group campsites available. The cost for the group site is $40.00 per site/per night. Reservations are required and are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The group campsites are both located in "D" Loop.
Deposit and Camping Fees
There is a $20.00 non-refundable deposit required to hold your reservation (Cash, check, or money orders only. Checks should be made payable to National Park Service. No credit cards.). Group sites will not be assigned until the deposit is received. Deposits must be mailed in or brought in person to:
Wind Cave National Park
Group Use Coordinator
26611 U.S. Hwy. 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747
The cost for a group campsite is $40.00 per night for the site. The $20.00 non-refundable deposit offsets the first night's charge. The additional $20.00 of the group camping fee and fees for additional nights are payable upon arrival. These additional fees are paid at the self-registration fee station located along the main campground access road. Please write "Group Campsite" on the fee envelope.
If you are requesting information please call (605) 745-4600. To access the reservation form, click here. If you do not have access to a computer, please call the park at (605) 745-4600 and request that one be mailed to you. (Note that this will increase the amount of time it takes for your deposit to be received and a group campsite reservation made for your group). A letter confirming your reservation will be mailed to you.
The firewood station is located next to the self-registration fee station. Both group sites have multiple picnic tables and one large fire ring with a cooking grate. These sites also have parking areas which can accommodate a variety of vehicles, including trailers and vans. Overflow parking is available at the Amphitheater parking lot. Only one RV type vehicle is allowed for camping at each group site.
The Park maintains an active recycling program with several collection points located throughout the campground. Potable water is available from numerous spigots located throughout the campground during the warmer months of late spring, summer, and early fall when there is little chance of a hard freeze. Sinks with running water and flush toilets are also available at each of the campground restrooms during this time. Potable water, sinks with running water, and flush toilets are not available in the campground once freezing temperatures have been reached, but may be found in the Visitor Center.
For more information about group camping, please see Frequently Asked Questions.
Did You Know?
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.