Wind Cave National Park, Wind Cave National Park

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Wind Cave National Park is an American national park located 10 miles (16 km) north of the town of Hot Springs in western South Dakota. Established on January 3, 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, it was the seventh national park and the first cave to be designated a national park anywhere in the world. The cave is notable for its calcite formations known as boxwork, as well as its frostwork. Approximately 95 percent of the world's discovered boxwork formations are found in Wind Cave. The cave is recognized as the densest cave system in the world, with the greatest passage volume per cubic mile. Wind Cave is the seventh longest cave in the world with 154.2 miles (248.16 km) of explored cave passageways (as of 2021) and the third longest cave in the United States. Above ground, the park includes the largest remaining natural mixed-grass prairie in the United States.

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  • The first thing I would love to say about this park is there is NO entrance fees. We have a park pass but we were never asked to present it and were able to drive from the south entrance all the way....  more
    The first thing I would love to say about this park is there is NO entrance fees. We have a park pass but we were never asked to present it and were able to drive from the south entrance all the way....  more »
  • We have been on a few cave tours but the Fairgrounds tour here at Wind Cave National park was amazing!! The history and detail told added to the whole experience. A must see!! 
    We have been on a few cave tours but the Fairgrounds tour here at Wind Cave National park was amazing!! The history and detail told added to the whole experience. A must see!!  more »
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  • As soon as I entered the park I saw a hawk and 3 coyotes hunting prairie dogs. What an experience! The hike on Rankin Ridge Trail was a nice one up to the fire tower. Not strenuous by any means. And then I did the Garden of Eden cave tour. It was very educational but I would have liked to do the Fairgrounds Tour as well. I just didn’t know if there would be time with the schedule. Overall, I really enjoyed Wind Cave National Park! Extremely underrated!!
  • Nice national park. Cave tours sell out so come early to get tickets. We were told people line up as early as 6AM to get tickets. Hopefully as the pandemic eases up the tour capacity will increase. Drive the scenic loop roads and you will see many herds of bison coyote and other wildlife.

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