Wind Cave National Park307 Votes Currently Open
- Address: Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota, United States, Custer
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Phone: +1-6057454600
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: National Park, Park, Wildlife Park, Family And Kids, Nature
Wind Cave National Park intends to preserve and conserve the natural resources. Wind Cave National Park is spread over 33,851 acres. Because of its really small size, park managers all over states took an active part in helping the ecosystems function as they used to function in the past. This mainly requires the understanding of how everything in the park works and how the naturally operating system would have initially functioned. Park rangers pair up with researchers to replicate the natural system which uses prescribed fires, biological control of exotic plant species and bison round-ups.
With an aim of restoring some of the missing pieces to the park's ecosystem with the help of US Fish and Wildlife Service; park biologists put in one of the known predators of the prairie -the black-footed ferret. These rare animals survive on prairie dog towns and consume over 100 prairie dogs in a year. This is how the continued the long existing heritage of this particular park.
Wind Cave National Park Travel Tips
- Tours for Visitors with Special Needs - $5.00 for adults 17 and older, $2.50 for children 6-16, children 5 and under are free, $2.50 for holders of the Golden Age (Senior)/Access Passports. Sign-language capable rangers are available for the hearing impaired.
- Animals in the park are wild and unpredictable. Do not feed the wildlife. Fed animals may become dependent on handouts and fail to survive the winter.
- They also become attracted to highways where they can be struck by passing vehicles.
- Use caution when encountering all wildlife and bison in particular. Bison are amazingly fast and quick!
- Pets are permitted in the visitor center area and campground, as well as the Elk Mountain and Prairie Vista Nature Trails. Pets are not permitted in the backcountry, including areas near roadways and all other trails, to protect your pet and park wildlife.
- Pets may not be left unattended and must be on a leash at all times. Be aware that ticks are common in high grass and may affect you, your pet, or both.
- No matter the season, exercise caution and expect wildlife on the roads. Obey all speed limits. They are strictly enforced to protect you and park wildlife.
- Vehicles and bicycles must be on the roadways at all times. Off-road driving or bicycle riding is prohibited.
- During winter icy roads, poor visibility, and changing wildlife patterns create hazardous driving conditions throughout the park. Bison often crowd along highways and are extremely difficult to see at night.
- Accidents involving bison or other large wildlife have the potential to cause serious injuries to drivers and their passengers.
Entrance Ticket Details For Wind Cave National Park
- There are no fees to drive through or hike in the park. Enjoy!
Cave Tour Fees:
- Tickets for most cave tours are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are accepted for schools or large groups, the Historic Candlelight Tour (recommended), and the Wild Cave Tour (required). Groups need to make arrangements several weeks in advance.
- Garden of Eden Cave Tour: $10.00 for adults 17 and older, $5.00 for children 6-16, children 5 and under are free, $5.00 for holders of the Golden Age (Senior)/Access Passports.
- Natural Entrance Cave Tour: $12.00 for adults 17 and older, $6.00 for children 6-16, children 5 and under are free, $6.00 for holders of the Golden Age (Senior)/Access Passports.
- Fairgrounds Cave Tour: $12.00 for adults 17 and older, $6.00 for children 6-16, children 5 and under are free, $6.00 for holders of the Golden Age (Senior)/Access Passports.
- Historic Candlelight Cave Tour: $12.00 for adults 17 and older, $6.00 for children 8-16, $6.00 for holders of the Golden Age (Senior)/Access Passports. Reservations are strongly recommended and may only be made by telephone up to 30 days in advance of the tour.
- Wild Cave Tour: $30.00 for adults, half price for holders of the Golden Age (Senior)/Access Passports. Reservations are required and may only be made by telephone up to 30 days in advance of the tour.
Visit the website for additional ticket prices.
Wind Cave National Park Hours
- The Park is open all day, every day. The visitor center is open daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Days.
How to Reach Wind Cave National Park
- 11 miles north of Hot Springs off U.S. Hwy 385, about 1/2 mile west from the highway.
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59.27% of people who visit Custer include Wind Cave National Park in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
73.33% of people start their Wind Cave National Park visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Wind Cave National Park
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Wind Cave National Park
Wind Cave National Park Reviews & Ratings
This is a fascinating place. It's amazing just how extensive this cave system is. The elevator was broken on the day we were there so we didn't go down into the cave. We still enjoyed learning about the area and it's history.
Beautiful area of our country. I am tankful it has been preserved for generations to visit. We were not able to do all we wanted. We were able to get close with buffalo. At times it seemed too close even though we were in our van or at a safe distance. I look forward to visiting the park again.
Unfortunately the elevator down to the cave has been out of order all summer, so couldn't tour the cave. But scenic roads. Hike up to the fire tower was well worth it!
Above ground some nice rolling hills where bison roam, and we were able to pull up right next to one at a turnout. Inside the cave is quite interesting if you have never been in a cave before, but even regular cave dwellers will probably find this cave intriguing.
Sadly, the cave was closed due to elevator repairs. Ranger Nick was helpful and knowledgeable. Above ground, we saw bison, mule deer and prairie dogs. We'll revisit when we can actually see the cave.