Wind Cave National Park

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  • 1. Deadwood

    Town/Village

    In one of America's longest ongoing historic preservation projects, you'll discover brick streets fronted by Victorian architecture, with Main...Read More

  • 2. 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...Read More

  • 3. Wind Cave

    Cave

    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...Read More

  • 4. Bison Flats Drive (South Entrance)

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    Entering the park from the south on U.S. 385 takes you past Gobbler Ridge and into the hills commonly found in the southern Black Hills region...Read More

  • 5. Custer

    Town/Village

    About 30 miles north of Hot Springs is the town of Custer, the Mother City of the Black Hills. Near here, George Armstrong Custer and his expedition...Read More

  • 6. Elk Mountain Campground Picnic Area

    Restaurant–Sight

    You don't have to be a camper to use this well-developed picnic spot, with more than 70 tables, fire pits, and restrooms. Some of the tables...Read More

  • 7. Hill City

    Town/Village

    The small, quiet mountain town of Hill City is the gateway to Mount Rushmore. Despite having just 780 residents, the community claims no fewer...Read More

  • 8. 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 animals...Read More

  • 9. Keystone

    Town/Village

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

  • 10. 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. ...Read More

  • 11. 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 or...Read More

  • 12. 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 corner...Read More

  • 13. Wind Cave Picnic Area

    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 a potable...Read More

  • 14. 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, with...Read More

  • 15. Campfire Program

    Tour–Sight

    A park ranger lectures for about 45 minutes on topics such as wildlife, park management, and cave history. ...Read More

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