Discover Two Parks in One

Wind Cave National Park protects two very different worlds - one deep within the earth, the other a sunlit world of many resources. Bison, elk, and other wildlife roam the rolling prairie grasslands and forested hillsides of one of America's oldest national parks. Below the remnant island of intact prairie sits Wind Cave, one of the longest and most complex caves in the world.

A ranger shows visitors Wind Cave
Visiting the Cave

Answers to frequently asked questions about viewing the cave.

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Exploring Wind Cave

Wind Cave has a vast surface to explore either with hiking trails, wildlife viewing, or driving loops.

A ranger with several children sitting in a semi circle.
Adventures in Nature

During the winter, kids can join rangers to learn about nature through a variety of fun activities.

bison walking prairie with cavers exploring below

Fascinating stories of the geology, wildlife, and history of Wind Cave.

The entrance sign to the campground which reads "Elk Mountain Campground".
Camping at Wind Cave

The 62-site Elk Mountain Campground is open year round. Payment is by credit or debit card only.

A bison laying in the grass.
Watchable Wildlife

Learn about the park's most iconic animal, the American Bison.

Last updated: March 18, 2024

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26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747


605 745-4600

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