October 22, 2004
Tom Farrell, 605-745-1130
Rangers will be offering two special programs this week at Wind Cave National Park. The first program will observe a rare total lunar eclipse, and the second will be a Halloween glimpse into the past. On the evening of Wednesday, October 27, a lunar eclipse will be visible throughout North America. Park interpreters will present a free program that evening beginning at 8 p.m. in the Elk Mountain Campground Amphitheater.
Weather permitting, this thirty-minute program will explain why eclipses occur while providing an opportunity to view this celestial phenomenon. Wind Cave National Park’s Class 1 air shed, and clear night sky, make the park a perfect place to experience this event. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight.
The following Sunday afternoon, October 31, in celebration of Halloween, Wind Cave National Park will be presenting unique tours of the cave. These programs, titled Ghosts of Wind Cave, will explore the many voices of Wind Cave’s past. Cave visitors will encounter personalities from the park’s past as they travel through the cave’s Garden of Eden area.
Tours begin at the visitor center, last 50 minutes, and travel one-quarter mile in length. Portions of the tour will be via candlelight. These special tours begin at noon and will be presented every thirty minutes until 4:30 p.m. The fee for the tour will be $6 for adults and $3 for children ages six to sixteen. Children five years and under are free. Tours are limited to twenty people, and visitors are encouraged to arrive early to avoid sold out tours.
Call 605-745-4600 for information about either the lunar eclipse program or the Halloween tours.