Wind Cave Room Names - L



Named By


LA Freeway


Chris Hill Located on the LA survey, this passage bypasses several small crawls on the JF route to the lakes.
La Mesa Hundida


Dave Schnute, Herb Conn, Jan Conn A single breakdown block that resemebled a mesa. This phrase means "the sunken table" in Spanish. This series of small rooms is located along the "Spanish Trail" (ST) survey. Resurveyed by Don Coons and Bob Reinstatler on 07/17/1973
La Scala


Chris Amidon, Erin Niedringhaus, Don Anderson A stairstepping tube off of a dome that reminded the surveyors of some stairs. It is a Verdi Opera translated roughly as "stairs".
Lacework Canyon


Chuck Bertsch, Phil Dodge, Rod O'Sullivan, Gordon Messling An area with very delicate boxwork
Lacework Eyes


Martha Kubicek, Doiug Pflugh, Tom Shields, T?m Sulser Two pits near GBC6 that resemble eyes
Lachugala Room 05/11/1991 Louise Hose, Vi Allured, Ted Lappin, Mike Frazier
Lackagluten Chamber


Phil Dodge, Don Frankfort, Bob Huber, Jim Palmer The ceiling in this room is very crumbly, with nothing apparently holding it together, hence, "lack of gluten"
Ladder of Death


Stan Allison, Darryl Maleike
Ladys Easter Bonnet


Lake Land


Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza A water filled passage that was measured at 9.8 feet deep
Lake-side Scenery


Alvin McDonald, George Lee, M. E. Crookam, Willie Crookam
Lakes Route


Dave Schnute, Herb Conn, Jan Conn The flagged route that goes from Buffalo Gap, Boxwork Chimney, Base Camp 1, Garden Gate, City Hall and back
Lamprey Mouth


Chris Hill A geode that looks like the mouth of a lamprey
Lamprey Room


Chris Hill A high passage near the Lamprey Mouth
Land Bridge, The


Jason Walz, Larry Shaffer Room named after a pendent that connects the floor and the ceiling
Land of 10,000 Lakes


John Scheltens, Andy Flurkey Named for the areas abundance of small pools
Land of a Million Leads


Chris Hill, Nelson Kuniansky, Steve Nordstrom, John Scharres
Land of Broken Light Bulbs


Abby Wines, Joanne Vokum, Sarah Shreeves, Stacy Smyth Area near the Coliseum on the Fairgrounds Tour Route where several broken light bulbs reside.
Land of OZ


Scott Brougham, Alvin McLane, Ted Self A series of passages along the OZ survey.
Lander Room


Rod Horrocks, Dennis Laird, Stacy Tostrup, Darren Wells This name was chosen because this trip was requested by two N.O.L.S. (National Outdoor Leadership Instructors) instructors from Lander, WYO.
Lands End


A.F. McDonald, Saura V. Smith, Mary McDonald, Fred Darlington
Lars Run


Jim Pisarowicz, Heidi Grengg, Fred Roberts, Lars Virbeck Named for Lars Virbeck, the first person to get into this passage.
Laugh Track


Jim Nepstad, Greg Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz When Greg Nepstad first crawled into this room Jim Pisarowicz and Jim Nepstad were still in an incredibly tight passage. Up ahead of them they could hear Greg carrying on with a string of #$!#!'s which started them laughing.
Laura Cavern


Lazy S


Le Tempting Crack


Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Shawn Kramer A tight vertical crack on the east edge of Navidad that no one dared to squeeze into.
Leach Pit


John Scheltens, A. ?, Robert Lenz?
Leaders Monument


Alvin McDonald
Leaping Lizard Room


Don Coons, Andy Flurkey This survey was called "Leaping Lizard" because it was the LL survey.
Left Branch


Alvin McDonald, J.D. McDonald
Lemon Twist Room


Karla Whittenburg, Tom Dotter, Carry Hunter, Ken Headrick Named after some yellow flowstone and 50 yellow stalactites. The twist originated because the survey wrapped down underneath this room.
Lenas Arbor


Alvin McDonald?
Leonardo Lizardo


Jim Pisarowicz, Darren Ressler,Bob Kobza, Shaun Larson A 25-foot wide by 15-feet high room. Named after the nick names for lizards on a recent Mexico caving trip.
Leopard Skin Crawl


Dave Springhetti, Ed LaRock, Ken Allgier Dave thought the walls in this crawl resemble leopard's skin. The is the passage that connected Blowhole Cave (Snake Pit Entrance) with Wind Cave.
Les Miserables


Jim Nepstad, Mike Wiles, Stan Allison, Paul Burger A sharp squeeze.
Letter Box

Liberty Bell


Alvin McDonald A rock on the floor that is cracked just like the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. In the Rookery.


Chris Hill, Nelson Kuniansky, Steve Nordstrom, John Scharres An area near the Iceberg and Titanic Room.
Light House, The


Rod Horrocks, Ken Geu, Duff McCafferty A lighted room above the Temple on the Fairgrounds Tour Route. When seen from below, this upper room in lighted but there is no obvious way to climb up to it (access is from the top of the 89 Stairs).
Light & Fluffy Passage


Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Paul Burger
Lil' Bubble


NPS Rangers This small, bubble shaped room looks like a smaller version of The Bubble.
Lincoln Falls


Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookam, Willie Crookam, George Lee
Lincolns Fireplace


A small room with a low arched alcove that resembled a fireplace.
Lindas Stopper


Dave Lester, Steve Lester, Kevin Smith, Linda Gentile, Becky Ward
Linnaeus Grotto


Professor Udden Named after a renowned Swedish botanist. Located in one corner of the Garden of Eden Room.
Lint Trap, The


Carl Bern, Christa Schneider, Doug Pflugh The surveyors found what looked like a wad of lint hanging from the ceiling in this virgin area.
Lintpickers Stable


Jason Walz, Janet Serino, David Lambert This room had a large rock in the shape of a horse and all of the surveyors had participated in the Wind Cave Restoration Camp, thus the name.
Little Lech


Amy Bern, Jeff Goben, Skip Withrow, Barbara Smith A tall fissure passage covered with frostwork that reminded the surveyors of some passages in the North Rift area of Lechuguilla Cave.
Little Mermaid Room


Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Amy Johnson, Jeff Goben
Little Muddies


Named during a N.O.L.S. expedition.
Living Room


Jamie Sherer, Ron Sherer, Steve Turner, Deb Slinkard A comfortable joint-controlled passage with a soft sandy floor.
LJH Room


A dead-end room named after a soot inscription on the walls that reads "LJH". Named during a N.O.L.S. expedition.
Loading Dock, The


Rod Horrocks, Jason Anderson, Ryan Anderson, Jeremy Anderson During the resurvey of this room, which has been known since the 1890's and surveyed a couple of times in the past (the last time in 1962), the surveyors named this previously unnamed room after three wall pendants that look like loading docks.
Loaf of Rye Bread


Lone Pine Point


Steve Baldwin, Jim Nepstad Small room with a 8" logomite that nearly resembles a perfect Christmas tree.
Lone Tree


Ken Allgier, John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti A single logomite is found in one corner of this room.
Lonely Palace


Roy McDonald, Peter Paulson, John Stabler The words "Lonely Palace" were smoked on the ceiling of this long lost room rediscovered by Shaun Larson, Jim Nepstad, and Darren Ressler in December of 1987. Originally found on February 2, 1895 by Roy McDonald, Peter Paulson and John Stabler. One of the
Lonesome Road


Dave Schnute, Herb Conn, Jan Conn Jan Conn started singing the song, "Lonesome Road" after she looked up and down in this fissure passage. The words of the song were, "Look down, look down that Lonesome Road before you travel on".
Long Loop John Scheltens?
Loo, The


Karla Whittenburg, Theresa Nowak, Christa Schneider A junction where some human excrement was found, possibly dating from a 1940's trip.
Looking Glass Fissure


Rod Horrocks, Sara Booth, Duff McCafferty, Eric Kurth A narrow fissure that was entered through a hole in the wall that looked like a looking glass.
Looney Tubes


Stan Allison, Paul Burger, Dawn Reed The discovery group chased the wind beyond Silent Struggle through this area.
Loose Cannon Pit


Rod Horrocks, Derek Wolfe, Jonathan Brinson Located 30 feet from Loose Cannon Run, 17-year old Derek (fearless teenager) wanted to climb down this vertical 30-foot deep pit.
Loose Cannon Run


Rod Horrocks, Derek Wolfe, Jim Lawton A virgin passage that Derek bolted down while the rest of the group was struggling through Woop-Dee-Do Crawl. Derek didn't return for 20 minutes, thus the name.
Loose Screw Room


Dave Schnute, Herb Conn, Jan Conn A large room named when a screw came loose on Herb's Brunton Compass and was lost in the breakdown. Later, Jan was kidding that they must have a screw loose to be doing this exploration. The explorers first looked into the room from a balcony off the Sound Barrier on 08/29/64, but didn't find a way into the room until 10/31/64.
Lorons Highway


Alvin McDonald, Charles Holmes, C.F. McBride
Loss and Found


Jim Nepstad, Stan Allison, Paul Burger, Bob Kobza
Lost & Found Room


Dave Lester, Randy Brown, Kirk Haley A 30-foot diameter room that was __?
Lost Arrow Crawl


Jason Walz, Larry Shaffer, Daryl Stisser, Cheryl Stisser A 1.5' high by 10" wide crawl that the surveyors found a carbide arrow pointing out of.
Lost Carbide Fissure


Rod Horrocks, Seth Spoelman, Jason Walz Seth found a 1980's carbide lamp sitting on a ledge part way down a 26-foot deep pit in this fissure passage.
Lost Compass Crack


John Scheltens, Carole Loskot, Dave Springhetti John lost a Brunton compass down this narrow crack.
Lost Continent of Atlantis


Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza, John Scheltens An area with many leads going off in all directions. Beyond the new lakes area.
Lost Crystals Cavern


Bill Hawn, Rogert Phillips, Steve Huck, Murray Vogel Room with several types of quartz crystals.
Lost Knife Room


Mark Stock, Nelson Kuniansky
Lost Paradise


Alan Howard After a long series of crawls the explorers reached "lost paradise".
Lost Snurds


Andy Flurkey, John Scheltens, Ed Larock A group of "snurds" (aragonite christmas trees) located away from the main group in a lower room.
Lost Zebra Maze


Rod Horrocks, Dave Fairfield, Dennis Weeks, Aaron Munson An extensive mazy area that has numerous outstanding examples of Zebra Rock.
Lots-O-Mud Passage


Evan Anderson, Steve Lester, Alex Fong A muddy passage.
Lotties Pride


Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookam, Willie Crookam, George Lee
Lovely Little Lake


Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza Small lake with clear greenish-blue water in the new lakes area that looks like it has a sumped lead.
Lovers Leap Pit


Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Shawn Kramer
Lovers Retreat


Lower Palestine


Alvin McDonald
Lower Road D


Jim Pisarowicz, Warren Netherton This fissure passage has both an upper and lower component. The passage is named after Assistant Chief Naturalist (and Cave Specialist) Kay Rohde (pronounced Upper "Row-D").
Lucky Strike Room


Rod Horrocks, Heather Veerkamp, Ben Tobin, Jonny Gobel A historic package of Lucky Strike cigarettes was found in this room. The surveyors also considered the 40 by 70-foot room a lucky strike to rediscover during this evening survey trip.
Lunar Rock


Jim Pisarowicz, John Scheltens A very weathered rock near the Mammoths Backbone.
Lunar Tubes


A series of low crawls.
Lunatic Fringe

Paul Burger, Evan Anderson Paul wanted to keep with the "Western Fringe" theme. He thought it was crazy that they actually needed a rope to enter an area in Wind Cave.
Lunch Room


Jim Pisarowicz, Warren Netherton The explorers ate their lunch in this room on the day of the rooms discovery. There are films of manganese on the walls.
Luray Cavern


Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookam, Willie Crookam, George Lee
Luray Dome


Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookam, Willie Crookam, George Lee
Lycos Hall


Rod Horrocks, Steve Baldwin, Steve Langendorf, Sammi Langendorf A 60-foot long walking passage located below two upper-level rooms named Yahoo. They were both named after the Internet search engines Yahoo and Lycos.

Last updated: April 10, 2015

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747


(605) 745-4600

Contact Us