History & Culture

Lakota Emergence Story: A written account of a spoken-word story that has been passed down through generations of Lakota describing the natural opening of Wind Cave and its place in Lakota heritage.

The Civilian Conservation Corps at Wind Cave ¦ The men of the CCC built roads and trails and installed the first lighting system in Wind Cave.

Cave Exploration ¦ Learn more about the early visitors to Wind Cave, as well as today's explorers and the places they see.

Wind Cave Timeline ¦ See the important dates and events in Wind Cave's history, from the 1800s to the modern day.

Legislation Related to Wind Cave ¦ Learn about the laws enacted regarding Wind Cave National Park.

Trip Reports ¦ Follow the experiences of the cavers of Wind Cave as they explore one of the longest caves of the world.

Caving Narratives¦ Caving narratives are short summeries of caving trips into Wind Cave. Most describe exploration trips, but some deal with significant discoveries or locations, science projects in the cave, or even trips where photography is the main goal of the trip.

Last updated: February 16, 2019

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