Wind Cave National Park
Wind Cave National Park includes prairie grasslands and ponderosa pine forest over one of the longest and most complex caves in the world.
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There is no entrance fee, but cCave tours are $6.00 to $20.00 per adult, reduced fee for children 6 to 16, free under 6.
Mid-October to Mid-March
Daily, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Mid-March to Early May and Late September to Mid-October
Daily, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
May and Mid-August to Late September
Daily, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
June to Mid-August
Daily, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving and December 25
Visitor center, amphitheater, self-guided nature trails, wayside exhibits, fire lookout tower, bookstore, fire grates, picnic tables, restrooms, drinking water, and a campground.
7 miles north of Hot Springs and 20 miles south of Custer via U.S. 385.
Map Coordinates (NAD83): 43 34.87N; 103 24.84W
- Fall is generally warm and pleasant.
- Spring can be blustery and is occasionally marred by heavy snowfalls.
- Winter is moderately severe, but icy roads, lack of accommodations, and closed tourist attractions discourage visitors.
Regulations and Precautions
- Fires in campground fire grates and picnic areas only.
- No food, drink, or camera tripods in the caves.
- Avoid contact with poison ivy.
- Stay away from the bison and prairie dogs and their burrows, which harbor rattlesnakes.
- Wear low-heeled walking shoes and a sweater or jacket in the cave. The cave temperature is 53 degrees F.