Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave is the third longest cave in the United States and the seventh longest in the world. The park has a large surface area and is home to bison, prairie dogs, antelope, elk, coyote, mule and white tailed-deer.

A message from Black Hills Parks and Forests Association concerning recent activity at Wind Cave:

July is prime visitation time to Wind Cave National Park! This is a fantastic time for a morning hike, wildlife photography, or weekend camping at the Elk Mountain Campground. There are over thirty miles of hiking trails that meander through the open prairie and ponderosa pine forests, and the abundant wildflowers are blooming. Bison are beginning to rut, coyotes are on the prowl, and prairie dog towns are full of pups tussling. Wind Cave is a gem for wildlife viewing! 

Though cave tours are not operational due to mechanical issues, park rangers are offering a variety of unique programs every day. The visitor center is open daily from 8am to 6pm, and rangers are stationed around the center giving short programs on wildlife, cave formations, history, and exploration. Special bird watching hikes are offered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays starting at 8:30 am at the visitor center. Exclusive guided hikes to the Sanson Ranch Buffalo Jump will also be offered starting Thursday, July 18th at 8:30am. These hikes will be weather dependent. To learn more about the current programming at the Wind Cave National Park contact the visitor center at 605-745-4600. 


26611 U.S. Hwy 385, Hot Springs
605-745-4600
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