a small hole in a rocky outcrop next to a sign reading "this place gave birth to a nation" with several tribal seals
Wind Cave is deeply spiritual place in many native oral traditions.

NPS Photo / Lennie Ramacher


Wind Cave National Park protects two very different worlds - one deep within the earth, the other a sunlit world of many resources. It is also one of America's first national parks.

The stories of Wind Cave National Park tell the tales of native oral traditions, exploring one of the world's longest cave systems, returning the wildlife to the park's surface world, and the ongoing conservation efforts to protect a mixed-grass prairie ecosytem, among others.


Last updated: November 2, 2020

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