Wind Cave National Park's location on the southern edge of the Black Hills makes it a great place to experience both the open prairie and ponderosa pine woodland. The transition zone of these two habitats is called an ecotone, an environment that provides cover and food for many species of animals. The edge of the forest and prairie is a prime location to view wildlife, including elk, coyote, deer, and many bird species.
A road leads into the distance on the prairie.

The Prairie

Wind Cave is famous for its intact prairie ecosystem.

A bridge stands within a ponderosa pine forest in the snow.


Ponderosa pine forests occupy the higher elevations of the park, and provide cover for many animals.

Last updated: September 21, 2019

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Hot Springs , SD 57747


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