Learn About the Park

A single pine tree stands alongside a gravel road with sunset in the background
A single ponderosa stands alongside NPS 5 with the sun setting in the background.

NPS Photo / Lauren Reid


Wind Cave National Park is one of the oldest parks, established in 1903. The park has a rich history spanning countless ages. From research and wildlife reintroduction to ancient geology, Wind Cave has something for everyone. Follow the links below to learn more about the park's geology or natural and cultural history, find family friendly activities, or read about the latest news.

a ranger releasing a ferret from an animal carrier into a prairie dog burrow

Stay in touch with park news and press releases.

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Photos and Multimedia

Podcasts, video clips, still images, and more.

two adult bison and one orange calf in an open prairie

Information on the park's geology, wildlife, and plant life.

black and white photo of the parking lot, visitor center, and several park houses in 1932
History and Culture

Learn about the cave's cultural significance, early exploration, and the family feud that led to the creation of Wind Cave National Park.

A ranger showing a group of kids an animal skull on the front lawn of the visitor center.
Kids and Youth

Wind Cave National Park offers many different opportunities for kids of all ages.

two scientists in caving gear sampling water from an underground lake
Research Portal

Learn about some of the research that has been done in Wind Cave National Park.

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Park Store

Visit the park store and become a member of the Black Hills Parks & Forests Association.

a wildland firefighter holding a drip torch next to a smoldering grass fire in the trees

Links to policy and planning documents for the park.

Last updated: March 19, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747


605 745-4600

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