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.

 
Storm moving over the prairie and forest from the Rankin Ridge fire tower.

Recreate Responsibly

National parks across the country provide endless opportunities for recreational activities for everyone.

cave formation frostwork

Wind Cave Formations

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

The prairie is home to a diverse array of plants.

Plants

Native prairie plants are abundant in this park.

the moon shines through clouds over a frosty, deep blue evening prairie landscape

Ecosystems

Wind Cave is an ecotone; a place where two or more ecosystems meet.

Research is ongoing in Wind Cave National Park

Research

Research is ongoing above and below the ground.

a prairie dog crouching on a small dirt mound in the snow

Prairie Wildlife

The prairie teems with wildlife.

a pillar of brown rock protruding from a hillside overlooking snowy prairie at dusk

Geology

Wind Cave National Park is a geologic wonderland both above and below ground.

Last updated: October 12, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747

Phone:

(605) 745-4600

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