Permits & Reservations

A ranger with a family in a dim cave passage, all are holding candle buckets.
Two cave tours, the Candlelight and Wild Cave tours, require reservations.

NPS Photo / Sheena Harper



No reservations are being accepted for 2021.


Backcountry Camping

All backcountry campers must have a backcountry use permit in their possession. These free permits can be obtained at the visitor center information desk. Permits provide a measure of safety for backpackers in the event of an emergency as well as help park managers monitor potential impacts to sensitive resources.

Other Permits

Special Use Permits and Filming / Photography Permits - Information for those interested in holding special events at the park, and for those interested in special use photography and commercial filming at Wind Cave National Park.


Last updated: June 9, 2021

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26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747


(605) 745-4600

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