Detour Destination: Wind Cave National Park

The almost 30,000 acre Wind Cave National Park is a must-visit and can be accessed via the north entrance on Highway 87 (Rankin Ridge Drive) or the south via U.S. 385 (Bison Flats Drive). Keep your eyes open for bison wandering through the sweeping prairie grasslands. We recommend that you tour at least one of the caves. Also, to get a feel for the area, hike the short 1-mile trail to the Rankin Ridge fire tower, the highest point in the park for a panorama view of the Black Hills. Bring your National Parks Passport to collect the stamp at the Visitor’s Center.




Wind Cave National Park


Location

26611 US Highway 385, Hot Springs, South Dakota 57747


Hours

Daily; 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Cost

FREE. The park does not charge an entrance fee but does charge for the cave tours (prices range from $10 to $30 per person, per cave, depending on the cave.) Reservations are recommended. Check out the website for tour info and to make reservations.

Why Stop

  • One-of-a-Kind

  • Photo Op

  • History

  • American Classic

Brief Background

South Dakota’s Wind Cave was named for the strong air currents that alternately blow in and out of its entrance. Wind Cave is one of the world's longest and most complex caves and is well known for its outstanding display of boxwork, an unusual cave formation composed of thin calcite fins resembling honeycombs.


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Learn More

Check it out in advance at the Wind Cave National Park website.


Download the 1-page PDF about Wind Cave National Park with information and address.


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