Last updated: February 18, 2024
Wind Cave has two trails in the park that are pet friendly. The Prairie Vista Trail and Elk Mountain Campground Trail provide visitors with the opportunity to hike and enjoy the park's diverse prairie and forest ecosystems with their pets in a safe environment. Both are one mile loops that are accessible from the picnic area or campground. Pets are also allowed in the campground. Learn more about bringing pets to Wind Cave National Park.
All pets must be on a leash at all times and visitors must clean up after their pets.
Poison ivy, rattlesnakes, or ticks may be encountered on these trails.
Elk Mountain Campground Trail
1 mile / 1.6 km (round trip)
The grassland and forest meet on this trail around the campground. During September and October, elk may be heard bugling at dawn and dusk.
Trailhead: Located in the Elk Mountain Campground, across from the amphitheater.
Prairie Vista Trail
Approximately 1 mile / 1.6 km (round trip)
Stroll the prairie grasslands from the visitor center. Waysides provide information along the way.
Trailhead: Begin this loop trail at the picnic area, located 1000 feet north of the visitor center.