Wind Cave National Park
Wind Cave National park consists of the sixth-longest cave in the world and a third longest cave in the U.S.A.
Wind Cave National Park is famous for its amazingly rare boxwork formations. Boxwork formations are the composition of thin calcite fins looking similar like honeycombs.
The park was established in January 1903 and is located 10 miles north of the town of Hot Springs in western South Dakota
On the surface, there is a wonderful scenery of forests and prairie on which bison, pronghorn, elk, mule deer, prairie dogs and coyotes roam.
Wind Cave National Park is spread over 33,847 acres of land and its major attraction besides the cave consists of Ranking Ridge Nature Trail, Elk Mountain Nature Trail, and Wind Cave Canyon Trail.
Best time to visit
May to September
Wind Cave National park is best to visit from May to September as the temperature will be comfortable till hot and sometimes rainfall but in a limited amount.
Things to carry
Following are the things to carry while visiting Mammoth Cave National park.
Wear knee pads, hard hat and a miner’s headlamp, boots, gloves.
carry bug and tick repellent.
Inside the cave, the temperature can be cold so do carry a jacket or a sweater.
Besides the above things, do carry water and an emergency kit.
Tips before Visiting
- All the cave tours are guided by rangers. You have to get tickets for the tours from the visitor centre. One can get the tickets easily if they visit early in the morning as the tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Summers are the months where you will get many more interesting events rather than just exploring the caves. Events like ranger-led hikes, campfire programmes, discovery programmes, historical programmes etc.
- North of the visitor centre around 1/4th mile there is a picnic spot.
- There are limited food vending machines in the visitor centre.
No. Of Visitors in 2018