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Wind Cave National Park Travel Guide

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Plan Your Wind Cave National Park Vacation

If you don't get out of your car at Wind Cave, you haven't scratched the surface—literally. The park has more than 141 miles of underground passageways. Curious cave formations include 95% of the world's mineral boxwork, and gypsum beard so sensitive it reacts to the heat of a lamp. This underground wilderness is part of a giant limestone labyrinth beneath the Black Hills. Wind Cave ranks

as the sixth-longest cave in the world, but experts believe 95% of it has yet to be mapped.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Underground exploring Wind Cave offers visitors the chance to get their hands and feet dirty on a four-hour guided tour through one of America's longest and most complex caves.
  2. The call of the wild Wind Cave National Park boasts a wide variety of animals bison, coyote, deer, antelope, elk, prairie dogs, and 215 species of birds, to name just a few.
  3. Education by candlelight Wind Cave offers numerous educational and interpretive programs, including the Candlelight Cave Tour, which allows guests to explore the cave by candlelight only.
  4. Noteworthy neighbors On the north border of Wind Cave sits Custer State Park, one of South Dakota's can't-miss areas. With its close proximity to numerous other national parks, state parks, and other monuments and memorials, Wind Cave is situated perfectly to explore some of America's greatest national treasures.

When To Go

When to Go

The biggest crowds come to Wind Cave from June to September, but the park and surrounding Black Hills are large enough to diffuse the masses...

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