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Wind Cave National Park

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Wind Cave National Park
26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD  57747

ETA from Rapid City
60 min
Open Year-Round and Daily
Detailed Hours Below
Free to Enter The Park
Cave Tour Prices Below

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Located an hours drive southwest of Rapid City, and a 10 minute drive from Custer State Park, is one of the longest and most complex caves in the world. Wind Cave National Park is one of the oldest parks in the country and showcases beauty both above and below the surface. Above ground, visitors can explore 28,000 acres of mixed-grass prairie, hike on 30 miles of trail, picnic or camp. Below the surface, ranger-guided tours wind through narrow passageways filled with intricate box work and other geological phenomenons.

BHPFA's Park Store is now open from 8:30AM - 4PM.

The visitors center is closed until further notice but rangers are offering outside visitor services. Visitors can also enjoy the hiking trails, view the wildlife, and enjoy the scenic drives.

April 28 - June 9:
8am - 6pm

June 10 - August 18:
8am - 7pm

August 19 - September 22:
8am - 6pm

September 23 - October 13:
8am - 5pm

October 13 - Late April:
8am - 4:30pm

There are more than 30 miles of hiking trails located in Wind Cave National Park. These trails vary from easy to strenuous, winding through mixed grass prairie and pine forests, revealing natural wonders and an abundance of wildlife including bison elk and mountain lions. Trail maps are available at the Visitor Center.

TRAIL FACTS

  • Shorter nature trails include Elk Mountain, Prairie Vista and Rankin Ridge.
  • Rankin Ridge leads to the highest point in the park.
  • Centennial Trail (#6/89) is a six mile segment of the longest trail in the Black Hills.
  • Highland Creek (#7) winds along creeks and Wind Cave Canyon, creating the most diverse trail in the park.
  • Boland Ridge offers scenic views of the Black Hills in one direction and the Great Plains in the other.
Garden of Eden Cave Tour

The least strenuous tour, Garden of Eden Tour, gives participants views of beautiful cave formations including boxwork, cave popcorn and flowstone.

  • $10 - Adults 17 & older
  • $5 - For Children 6-16 and Senior/Access Passports
  • Free - 5 and Under

 

Natural Entrance Cave Tour

See where the cave was discovered and learn how Wind Cave got its name. Natural Entrance Tour takes place through the middle level of the cave.

  • $12 - Adults 17 & older
  • $6 - For Children 6-16 and Senior/Access Passports
  • Free - 5 and Under

 

Fairgrounds Cave Tour

The Fairgrounds Tour is Wind Cave’s most strenuous walking tour that offers discovery of larger rooms throughout the upper and middle levels of the cave.

  • $12 - Adults 17 & older
  • $6 - For Children 6-16 and Senior/Access Passports
  • Free - 5 and Under

 

Candlelight Cave Tour

Historic Candlelight Tour allows exploration of the less developed, unlit part of the cave.

  • $12 - Adults 17 & older
  • $6 - For Children 8*-16 and Senior/Access Passports
    * Minimum age for Candlelight Tour is 8 years old
    Reservations Recommended

 

 

Wild Cave Tour

Undeveloped cave exploration, the Wild Cave Tour involves crawling on uneven surfaces and low-ceiling encounters.

  • $30 - Adults 17 & older
  • $15 - For Senior/Access Passports
    * Minimum age for Wild Cave Tour is 17 years old
    Reservations are required by phone, 30 days in advance of the tour