Nature & Science

Wind Cave National Park preserves two worlds within one park boundary. Established in 1903 as the first national park dedicated to preserving a cave system, it was later expanded to preserve the unique and shrinking mixed-grass prairie habitat. Today, it is home to countless prairie plant and animal species, and cave features seldom seen elsewhere in the world. Below, you will find links to various aspects of the park's natural features.

cave formation frostwork

Wind Cave Formations

Frostwork, popcorn, and boxwork are just some of the beautiful features lurking around every corner of the cave.

Follow this link to learn more about the park's animals.


The prairie and Ponderosa pine forest are home to many animal species.

The prairie is home to a diverse array of plants.


Native prairie plants are abundant in this park.

The prairie at dusk.


The mixed-grass prairie is a precious and shrinking resource.

Research is ongoing in Wind Cave National Park


Research is ongoing above and below the ground.

Last updated: September 20, 2019

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26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747


(605) 745-4600

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