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 3rd, 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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  • It is Free to visit the on-site museum and drive around the park to see the wildlife. You will see Bison, for sure. Wind Cave is unique in that it is a dry cave. It doesn't look like typical caverns.....  more »
  • Make a reservation ahead of time. Tours were sold out by 11:00 the day we went. There are different tours depending on the number of steps and how long you want to be underground. A must see if you...  more »
  • Very nice park. We enjoyed the tour of the natural cave entrance as well as the visitor center. The rangers all seemed very dedicated to making the stop at their park interesting and worthwhile, which we were impressed with. But the elevator still isn't working; it's a bummer not to be able to enter the cave.
  • Beautiful park! Wind Cave Visitors Center was very informative. The building was kept up nicely and the park rangers were very helpful and friendly. The elevator was not working when we were there, so there were no cave tours at all. There were lots of activities at the visitor center at least. The gift shop had a lot of options for souvenirs and were reasonably priced.

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