Wind Cave Room Names - R



Named By


Race Track


Alvin McDonald Probably in reference to the topgraphic feature named by the Lakotas that rings the Black Hills and is formed by the easily eroded Spearfish Formation.
Raceway, The


Jim Nepstad, Darren Ressler, Erik Major, Coleen Walter A large walking passage where Darren "raced" the tape as Coleen was reeling it in, thus the name.
Rachels Fissure


A narrow fissure with a boxwork choke that led to the low room (Duncan Room) where N.O.L.S. student Rachel Cox was rescued.
Radio GaGa


Skip Withrow, Paul Burger, Stan Allison Stan had been listening to the rock band Queen a lot at the time. He decided to name this room after one of their songs.
Raft Hall


A passage with lots of calcite cave rafts.
Ragtime Crawl


Dave Lester, Steve Lester, Randy Brown, Kirk Haley, Melissa Lester Crawl named after Randy's nickname, "Rags".
Railroad Junction


John Scheltens Named for the many promising looking leads leading from this room. Unfortunately all the leads ended.
Rainbow Beehive


Jim Nepstad, Darren Ressler, Bob Kobza, Marc Lamphere An amazing section of wall where dogtooth impressions give the area a beehive or honeycomb appearance. The individual facets reflected the colors of the rainbow from their lights.
Rainbow Falls


An area with much multi-colored flowstone. Mapped by N.O.L.S. instructors.
Rainbow Rooms


Rod Horrocks, Clair Call, Kevin Pippen, Joel Despain, Doug Kent One large lower room and a smaller upper room with brightly colored, banded paleofill. Discovered at the extreme NW edge of the cave by the survey crew after doing a five-minute dig to brush some rocks to the side of a belly crawl.
Rambler Hall


Randys Doghouse


James Wilson, Kevin Reynolds, Randy Brown, Eric Dutton Named after Randy, who was lead tape, led the group into a very tight bellycrawl and got himself into the "doghouse".
Raped Ape


Jim Nepstad, Greg Nepstad, Darren Ressler A 50-foot high fissure passage named in honor of Greg. Led to the Cakewalk discovery.
Rat Alley


Alvin McDonald
Rat Scat Room


Steve Matson, R.J. Johnson, Juan Laden, Alan O'Brian
Raymers Room


John Stabler, Mr. Raymer Named after Mr. Raymer, an 81-year old visitor.
Rebel River


Nelson Kuniansky, Chris Hill A three-inch wide, one-inch deep stream named after its discoverer, Nelson "Rebel" Kuniansky.
Reception Room


Alvin McDonald, A.C. McBride
Recovered Paradise


Alvin McDonald, A.C. McBride
Recovery Room


Dave Lester, Rich Wolfert, Kirk Haley A small 5-foot high room at the end of a long bellycrawl.
Red Chert Room


Dave Schnute, Herb Conn, Jan Conn A room below the Spillway that had a red chert ceiling. This was the first area that they discovered that hadn't been previously explored. The name later got perverted to the "Red Shirt Room" after a caver left a red shirt to mark the way.
Red Clay Room


Alan Howard There is a large area of paleokarst in this room. Most paleokarsts in Wind Cave consist of a breccia with broken limestone and chert in a red clay matrix.
Red Comb Dome


Matt Reece, Dan Durben A red comb was found in this small dome.
Red Crawl


Nelson Kuniansky, Dave Larson, Andy Flurkey
Red Crystal Canyon


Rich Breisch, Ed Crawford, Jens Munthe The crystals coating the walls of this lower level passage are distinctly red.
Red Hall


L.C. Faris, Frank Halden, Charlie Roe A room that has a red, sandy, micaceous clay bank associated with paleofill. Also known as the Beauty Parlor.
Renes Plunge

Marc Ohms, Rene Rogers Rene slipped on this muddy climbed and fell into Phantom Lake over her head.
Rescue Pits #1 & #2


Dave Schnute, Herb Conn, Jan Conn Pits which bypass the Boxwork Chimney down to the Calcite Jungle. They could be used in the event of a cave rescue to bypass the narrow Boxwork Chimney. Surveyed on 12/29/71 by Mike Francik, Carole Loskot, Mark Stock.
Rescue Route


Stan Allison, Paul Burger, Bob Kobza, Jim Erickson The route that Bob and Stan found a few hours after Paul had jumped down the "Unclimable Pit" into Blind Faith.
Rescue Stairs

The steep stairs that led from the Assembly Room up to the Garden of Eden Route. This stairs are used when the Elevator is not working. Originally known as "Cliff-Climbers Delight".
Resister Crawl


Rod Horrocks, Marc Ohms, Brad Oen The point man, Marc, really resisted surveying this one-foot high bellycrawl and only did so after much persuasion. Because "Ohms" means resistance in electronics, we decided to name the passage Resister Crawl after it opened into big passage (Mind Boggler) after 60 feet.
Resister, The


Marc Ohms, Myk Coughlin, Rene Rogers, Mike Wiles Very tight restriction that led to Pizza Hut. It was named after the largest person to fit through the squeeze, Marc Ohms. "Ohms" means resistance in electronics.
Resonance Fissure


Steve Smith, Kevin Smith, Becky Ward A high and narrow fissure that voices resonated in.
Resonator, The


Rest Stop


Tom Miller, John Scheltens, Pete Shiflett, Mike Wiles This area gets its name from the fact that it is located right off the Silent Expressway.
Resurectum, The


Evan Anderson, Pat Roberson, Shawn Kramer, Micah Ball
Rhinoceros Jaws


A unknown feature in the Garden of Eden Room.
Ribbon Room


Evan Anderson, Skip Withrow
Right-On Room


Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza, Shaun Larson This 60-foot diameter room was first entered by Bob Kobza. Before he got into the room he and Shaun Larson were both checking separate leads both of which went. Shaun wanted the survey to go his way but Bob prevailed by saying that his way led to a really
Rio Colorado


Mike Wiles, Carl Bern, Derek Wolfe, Doug Pflugh A passage where a small streamlet of water once flowed. Lots of flowstone and soda straws are found in the area. Located in a side passage off of Blind Faith.
Ripleys Chamber


Vi Allured, Pat Seiser, Louise Hose
Ripple Marks

An area with a ripple mark floor located near the Muddle Room.
Rita Room


Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza, Stan Allison Bob named this room after a line from a Beatle's song that goes, "lovely Rita, meter maid…"
Rizzos Demise


Chris Amidon, Vickie Siegel, Karen Henker Named after a character from the Muppets named Rizzo and because of several unusual features found, including rat bones, iron pseudomorphs after pyrite, trail construction debris from somewhere overhead, and P.L. carved in the wall.
Road Block


Dave Schnute, Herb Conn, Jan Conn A large piece of breakdown blocks this hands and knees crawl and forces one to crawl on ones stomach over it.
Robins Nest Passage


John Scheltens, Andy Flurkey, Robert Lenz The boxwork in this area looked like robins nest. The RN "Robins Nest" survey.
Rock N Road Path


Jeff Goben, Carl Bern, Greg Springer There was a large rock nearly blocking this small passage.
Rock Room


Dave Lester, Bob Stucklen, Rich Wolfert, Amy Johnson
Rock Lobster


Chris Amidon, Alison Carlyle, Scott Babinowich
Rocky Road


John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti, Mike Wiles A knobby little crawl beyond Silent Expressway.
Roes Misery


A narrow bellycrawl where an early guide named Charlie Roe got stuck and had to be pulled out with ropes. Reportedly, a mule was lowered into the cave with block and tackle for the rescue. The McDonalds spent a great deal of time enlarging this area.
Rolling Ballroom


Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza, Stan Allison, Mike Paulick A very wide room with a three-foot high ceiling. The cavers were having a silly discussion about how the room looked like a ballroom, except you had to roll instead of dance across it.
Roman Candle Room


Rod Horrocks, Matt Tucker, Zach Guido Moderate sized room just off of Rome where the surveyors found a candle, candle wax drippings, and lots of string left behind by early explorers.
Roman Catacombs


Rod Horrocks, Graham Hogg, John-Paul Sicotte, Rainer Engler An extensive breakdown maze located below Rome. Extends westward to fill in the area between the Muddle Room and Upper Rome.
Romance Chamber


A room next to the 1897 Room.


Dave Schnute, Herb Conn, Jan Conn This room, although first discovered in 1891, was eventually to be the key to getting into the vast western parts of Wind Cave. It was from this area that Herb and Jan Conn and Dave Schnute noticed that all the passages that left this room eventually returned to it, thus "all roads lead to Rome". Discovered on 07/04/1891 by Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookam, Willie Crookam, & G.W. Lee.


L.C. Faris, Frank Halden, Charlie Roe Also called the Animal Cracker Room or White Hall.
Rookies Room


Bill Hawn, Murray Vogel, Steve Huck, Bob Phillips A room that was named because two of the surveyors were new to their positions and the other two were new to caving.
Room Draculum


Alvin McDonald, J.M. Moore This room is also called the Wind River Circle. Surveyed on 04/28/1980 by a NOLS survey crew (Jim Lesh, Jenny Lee, Eric Hegastead, Steve Lonis, Kathy Bogan).
Room of the Petrified Swan


A.F. McDonald, Alfred Matt, Frank Lally
Room of the Rising Sun


Chris D. Gerow, Rich A. Brame, Joe D. Austin A 25-foot high room off of Monument Hall.
Room With A View


Jim Nepstad, Mike Paulick, Bob Kobza, Louise Hose
Root 89


Rod Horrocks, Nick Myers, Belinda Fox, Caity Czaja Named for the roots found in the ceiling and the fact that the cave survey hit the 89 mile mark in this passage. It ends in a now plugged former entrance that is only eight feet below the trail by the natural entrance. An Elmer McDonald signature was found in this passage.
Root Cellar


Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza, Stan Allison Only 18-feet below the surface, tree roots are seen in this small room.
Root Room, The


Evan Anderson, Steve Lester, Alex Fong
Rose Bowl


Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza, Stan Allison Named after a popular football bowl game often played on January 1st, and which, many Americans would have been watching while this group was surveying.
Rouse Rock Room


Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza Named for the red-colored clay that had the appearance of "rouse".
Route 66


Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza, Stan Allison, Harry Burgess Large passage, 30-feet high and 30-70 feet wide that continued for 600 feet, where the cave passed 66 miles in total surveyed length.
Royal Pilasters


Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookam, Willie Crookam, George Lee
RSV Trail


Rod Horrocks, Jay Kennedy Rod and Jay were both experiencing "RSV like" coughing fits during the survey of this 170-foot long passage, which averages 20-feet wide and 3-feet high. RSV stands for respiratory syncytial virus.
RTD Bus Hall


Stan Allison, Paul Burger, Dawn Reed These three Colorado cavers named this room RTD Bus Hall after the Rural Transit Denver bus service and because the room reminded the cavers of a miniature Omnibus Hall. They had high hopes that this room would lead them to mega cave just like Omnibus Hall had led the Conn's to huge discoveries.
Ruby Peak


Alvin McDonald, A.C. McBride
Rubble Stope


Rod Horrocks, Roger Harris, Duff McCafferty This 28-foot high chimney was entirely excavated out of paleofill in the early 1930's, possibly during a search to locate a place to put an elevator in the cave. It is located in the same general area as Plummers Pit, Dynamite Stope, and Two Cent Stope, all of which were also excavated by the same group.
Ruhr Room


Alvin McDonald, A.C. McBride Named by Dr. Andreas Pflitch, who works at Ruhr University in Germany (the university is named after the Ruhr River). He and his students were on a survey training trip with Rod.
Ruins of Carthage


Alvin McDonald
Ruse Rock Room


Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza A series of small crawls into a small room with red clay. As Bob Kobza crawled into this room he accidentally smeared some of this red clay on his face.

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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