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.

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.

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Covid-19 Safety

Masks are required in all buildings including cave tours when local infection rates are high. Click the image above for current conditions.

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Videos

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 and may be reserved at recreation.gov.

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Watchable Wildlife

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

Last updated: September 15, 2022

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26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs , SD 57747

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605 745-4600

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