Planning Begins for Replacement of Cave Lighting System

April 06, 2004

Tom Farrell, 605-745-1130

Wind Cave National Park is initiating a planning process to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the rehabilitation of the lighting system within Wind Cave. The lighting is used to display cave features and light approximately one mile of developed cave trails. The current system, with its 1955 era primary cabling carrying 2400 volts throughout the cave, has many operational shortcomings and is in deteriorated condition.

Current alternatives under consideration include replacing the existing 2400 volt system with a new 2400 volt system or replacing the existing system with a new 480 volt system. Either of these systems would meet the project goals of better protecting public health and safety, improving cave resource conditions, enhancing the visitor experience, and increasing park operational efficiency and sustainability. Replacement of the current system would be completed during periods of low visitation over two years.

During this early planning phase, the park is requesting public input regarding possible alternatives, issues or concerns related to the proposed alternatives, and any new alternatives that should be considered. Please send your comments to Wind Cave National Park Superintendent, RR 1 Box 190, Hot Springs, SD 57747 or via e-mail to

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