A hidden world beneath 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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Tour Wind Cave

Tours are required to see Wind Cave and are offered 362 days a year. Find tour descriptions and times here.

cave formation frostwork

Wind Cave Formations

Frostwork, popcorn, and boxwork are just some of the beautiful features lurking around every corner of 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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Before the Tour

White-nose syndrome is killing bats nationwide. Here's an easy way to help while visiting Wind Cave.

Last updated: August 25, 2019

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Mailing Address:

26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747


(605) 745-4600

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