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.
The Visitor Center is a great place to start your park visit. Whether you are intrigued with the cave, the prairie, or both, it is easy to discover more about the park by exploring the exhibit rooms.
Wind Cave Visitor Center is opened daily all year except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Days. The visitor center is opened 8:00 am - 4:30 pm with expanded hours during the summer. All cave tours leave from the visitor center. Do not use your GPS to find the visitor center - you will get lost. Click here for directions.
The upper exhibit room has displays ranging from how the Plains Indians used the bison to how the park manages the prairie. The cave exhibit room explains cave formations, the development of the cave, and the park's colorful history. A movie, Wind Cave, Two Worlds, about the cave, the prairie, and the park is shown in our auditorium.
Stop in at the visitor center for information, cave tours, exhibits, slide and video programs, maps, books, backcountry permits, Senior and Access Passports, and Federal Lands Passes. The visitor center and the cave are accessible to people with disabilities, please inquire at the visitor center. For more information call 605-745-4600.
Did You Know?
The scientific name for the Stemless Hymenoxys is Hymemoxys acaulis. Acaulis means "stemless" and referes to the leafless stalks which bear the flower heads. More...