Discover the Biodiversity of the Prairie

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. Named for barometric winds at its entrance, this maze of passages is home to boxwork, a unique formation rarely found elsewhere.

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Exploring Wind Cave

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

Explore some common questions about the park.

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Visiting the Cave

Answers to frequently asked questions about viewing the cave.

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Watchable Wildlife

Bison, elk, prairie dogs, and more call Wind Cave home.

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

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Backcountry Camping

Backcountry camping requires a free permit obtained at the visitor center.

Last updated: March 22, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747


(605) 745-4600

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