Wind Cave National Park, Wind Cave National Park

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Wind Cave National Park is an American national park located 10 miles (16 km) north of the town of Hot Springs in western South Dakota. Established in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, it was the seventh national park and the first cave to be designated a national park anywhere in the world. The cave is notable for its calcite formations known as boxwork, as well as its frostwork. Approximately 95 percent of the world's discovered boxwork formations are found in Wind Cave. The cave is recognized as the densest cave system in the world, with the greatest passage volume per cubic mile. Wind Cave is one of the longest caves in the world with 149.01 miles (239.81 km) of explored cave passageways, as of 2018. Above ground, the park includes the largest remaining natural mixed-grass prairie in the United States.

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  • Due to COVID, the wind cave tours are closed, but you can still walk on the trails, and there is no admission fee to the national park if you didn't join the cave tour. We of course want to join the.....  more »
  • I feel certain that this must be an amazing place with a great tour during normal times but during COVID times you can only walk to the edge and feel the air rushing into a small hole. They have a...  more »
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  • Very nice park. We enjoyed the tour of the natural cave entrance as well as the visitor center. The rangers all seemed very dedicated to making the stop at their park interesting and worthwhile, which we were impressed with. But the elevator still isn't working; it's a bummer not to be able to enter the cave.
  • Beautiful park! Wind Cave Visitors Center was very informative. The building was kept up nicely and the park rangers were very helpful and friendly. The elevator was not working when we were there, so there were no cave tours at all. There were lots of activities at the visitor center at least. The gift shop had a lot of options for souvenirs and were reasonably priced.
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