Wind Cave National Park Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Wind Cave National Park - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Hill City

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The small, quiet mountain town of Hill City is the gateway to Mount Rushmore. Despite having just 780 residents, the community claims...

Junior Ranger Program

  • Tour–Sight

Kids 12 and younger can earn a Junior Ranger badge by completing activities that teach them about the park's ecosystems, the cave, the...


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Founded in the 1880s by prospectors searching for gold deposits, the small town of Keystone, 2 miles from Mount Rushmore, has an abundance...

Prairie Hike

  • Tour–Sight

This two-hour exploration of parkland habitats begins with a short talk at the visitor center, then moves to a trailhead. ...

Rankin Ridge Drive (North Entrance)

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

Entering the park across the north border via Highway 87 is perhaps the most beautiful drive into the park. As you leave behind the grasslands...

Rankin Ridge Lookout Tower

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

Some of the best panoramic views of the park and surrounding hills can be seen from this 5,013-foot tower, which is typically not staffed...

Rapid City

  • Information Center

Called the "City of Presidents" because of the life-size bronze statues of U.S. presidents that adorn virtually every downtown street...

Wind Cave

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Known to American Indians for centuries, Wind Cave was named for the strong currents of air that alternately blow in and out of its entrance...

Wind Cave Picnic Area

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  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

On the edge of a prairie and grove of ponderosa, this is a peaceful, pretty place. Small and simple, it's equipped with 12 tables and...

Wind Cave Visitor Center

  • Information Center

The park's sole visitor center is the primary place to get general information. Located on top of the cave, it has three exhibit rooms,...