Skip to global NPS navigation
Skip to main content
Skip to footer
National Park Service Logo
National Park Service
Return to The Civil War
Wind Cave - High Resolution
High quality photos of rooms, formations and explorers in Wind Cave.
Cave Explorers in Wind Cave's Snowdrift Avenue
Cave Explorers in Wind Cave's Snowdrift Avenue.
Cave Explorer in Wind Cave
Cave Management Specialist Rod Horrocks makes notations during a surveying trip into Wind Cave.
Cave Explorer at Lakes area of Wind Cave
An explorer sits on the shore of Evans Plunge, a small lake in Wind Cave's deeper passages.
Crystal-lined Vug in Wind Cave
A vug, like this one in Wind Cave, is a naturally occuring pocket or cavity in the rock, and can often be lined with crystals.
Cratework in Wind Cave
Boxwork is one of Wind Cave's most famous formations. It is fairly rare in other caves. When the formations get large enough, they can be called "cratework," like the example shown here.
Frostwork was first named at Wind Cave due to its appearance to ice crystals. The formations are very delicate, but can sometimes grow to include large piles of crystal, such as those in a room called Christmas Tree Park.
Boxwork was named due to its resemblance to post office boxes. Cave ceilings and walls throughout Wind Cave can be decorated with this lattice of calcite fins.
Boxwork in Wind Cave.
Credit: NPS / Kim Acker
Boxwork is found throughout Wind Cave, home to an estimated 95% of all known boxwork in the world.
Caver exploring Wind Cave
Credit: NPS / Marc Ohms
A caver's flashlight probes the recesses of the Tabernacle Room in Wind Cave.
Last updated: August 1, 2014