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.

Spanning view of forest merging into prairie hills

Exploring Wind Cave

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

A ranger shows visitors Wind Cave

Visiting the Cave

Answers to frequently asked questions about viewing the cave.

bison lying in grass

Watchable Wildlife

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

bison walking prairie with cavers exploring below

Videos

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

A hiker with a large backpack hiking through a green meadow.

Back-country Camping

Back-country camping requires a free permit obtained at the visitor center.

Last updated: May 31, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747

Phone:

(605) 745-4600

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