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Wind Cave National Park, SD

National Park Service

Overview

Swaying prairie grasses, forested hillsides, and an array of wildlife such as bison, elk, and prairie dogs welcome visitors to one of our country's oldest national parks and one of its few remaining intact prairies. Secreted beneath is one of the world's longest caves, Wind Cave. Named for barometric winds at its entrance, this complex labyrinth of passages contains a unique formation ¿ boxwork.

Recreational Activities:

  • AUTO TOURING
  • BIKING
  • CAMPING
  • HIKING
  • HORSEBACK RIDING
  • PHOTOGRAPHY
  • WILDLIFE VIEWING

Address:

Wind Cave National Park
26611 U.S. Highway 385
Hot Springs,SD,57747
Phone: (605) 745 4600
Email: ted_firkins@nps.gov

Directions:

http://www.nps.gov/anac/planyourvisit/directions.htm Wind Cave National Park is located 6 miles north of Hot Springs, SD. The Visitor center is 11 miles north of Hot Springs just off US Hwy 385. Do not trust your GPS to find the visitor center. Visitor center coordinates - N43 33' 22" W103 28' 38". If you are traveling on I-90: At Rapid City, SD, exit onto US Hwy 79 south. Follow Hwy 79 south about 50 miles to US Hwy 385. Turn right onto Hwy 385 North, going through Hot Springs and into Wind Cave National Park. Follow signs to the visitor center for cave tours and general information. Visitors can also follow Route 16 west from Rapid City to US Hwy 385, south through Hill City and Custer. The park is about 20 miles south of Custer. Be aware - many GPS units locate the visitor center north on Hwy 87. From Nebraska follow US Hwy 385 north to the park. Visitors may also travel through Custer State Park on State Road 36 and 87. These winding roads are slower, but provide scenic views of the area.

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