Basic Information

The Visitor Center is located 11 miles north of Hot Springs off U.S. Hwy 385, about 1/2 mile west from the highway. Do not use your GPS to find the visitor center -- you will get lost. Many GPS units locate the park visitor center north on State Road 87. The coordinates for the Visitor Center are N43 33' 22" W103 28' 38".

From Rapid City direct:

  • Follow Route 79 south approximately 50 miles to U.S. Route 385.
  • Turn right onto U.S. Route 385 North, then continue through Hot Springs.
  • Follow U.S. Hwy 385 another 6 miles north and into Wind Cave National Park.
  • Once in the park follow signs to the visitor center for cave tours and general park information.
From Rapid City via the Black Hills:
  • Follow U.S. Hwy. 16 south and west to U.S. Hwy. 385.
  • Turn left on US Hwy. 385 south to Hill City and continue south through Custer City. The park is about 20 miles south of Custer, SD off U.S. Hwy 385.
  • Once in the park follow signs to the visitor center for cave tours and general park information.

From western Nebraska:

  • Follow U.S. Hwy 385 north through Hot Springs, SD to the park.
  • Once in the park follow signs to the visitor center for cave tours and general park information.

From Custer State Park:

  • Follow State Road 87 south into Wind Cave National Park.
  • Once in the park follow signs to the visitor center for cave tours and general park information.

Public Transportation
No public transportation serves the park.

Plane
Nearest commercial airport is in Rapid City, SD.

Entrance Fees:

Wind Cave Visitor Center

The visitor center is open daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Days. All cave tours are ranger-led and leave from the visitor center.

 

Weather

Wind Cave National Park and the southern Black Hills are generally warmer and drier than the northern hills. Winter snowfall averages 30 inches annually. Spring and fall days vary from sunny and warm to cool, rainy, and windy.
Summer brings warm daytime temperatures with cool evenings. Severe thunderstorms are common in June and July and can produce large hail and severe lightning. Slow moving storms can dump large amounts of rain over a small area, leading to flash flooding. Be cautious when camping near a creek bed even if it is dry. Move uphill if flooding starts.

Food Services

The park has limited food and beverage vending services in the visitor center. Nearest grocery or restaurant services are available in the nearby towns of Custer and Hot Springs. A picnic area 1/4 mile north of the visitor center offers easy access to the visitor center and the start of cave tours.

 
Three bison walking on a highway next to a sign which reads, "Large Wildlife on Road: Next 13 Miles"
Bison, elk, and other wildlife roam at will throughout most of the park.

NPS

Last updated: September 26, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747

Phone:

(605) 745-4600

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