By Tom Farrell, Chief of Interpretation
National Park Getaway: Wind Cave National Park
Explore your dual personality by visiting two parks in one! Bison and boxwork define Wind Cave National Park and highlight the distinctive worlds that comprise one of the country's oldest national parks. Follow a ranger into the depths with one of five different tours offered throughout the summer, but don't expect to see typical cave formations. Instead be prepared to see a rare honeycombed formation called boxwork hanging from the ceiling and walls. (In some places the boxwork is so large, it's called cratework!)
Beat the crowds by stopping early in the day for a tour and remember the park is busiest on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and any day it rains. For those 16 years old and over, crawl out of your comfort zone by taking a Wild Cave Tour and explore the labyrinth of passageways found in the cave's backcountry. Wind Cave is a special place. Learn about the importance of it to the American Indians by watching Ranger Sina tell the Lakota Emergence Story.
Camp in the park's Elk Mountain Campground. We can't say the campground has never filled, but no one's ever been turned away. After dinner, partake in a classic park experience by attending an evening campfire program given by one of our rangers.
Wind Cave National Park is located approximately 70 miles south of Rapid City, South Dakota.in the southern Black Hills. For directions or more information, visit our website. We hope you come for a visit, because Wind Cave is a park you can really get into, literally!
Last updated: June 1, 2018