Overview

The first cave to be designated a national park, Wind Cave National Park features the world’s largest concentration of rare boxwork formations along with a 28,295-acres of South Dakota wildlife sanctuary on the surface.

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26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747
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(605) 745-4600

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Hidden under swaying grasses and sacred hillside forests, a centuries-old maze whistles to curious passersby. A sanctuary for two worlds, above and below, rich grounds hold rare finds running deep through the past.

Hold Onto Your Hats

Descend into the cave on a ranger-guided tour and feel the barometric breath of one of the world’s longest caves.

Boxwork Formations

An uncommon structure of honeycomb-patterned projecting calcite from cave walls is the finest example of boxwork in the world.

One of the World's Longest Caves

140 miles and still counting.

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A Sacred Place

A sacred place for the Lakota, their oral tradition tells the story that this is where humans first emerged from within the earth to live on the surface.

Wildlife

This 33,851-acre attraction is as impressive above ground as it is below. Its unique ecosystem is home to elk, buffalo, antelope, deer, prairie dogs and black-footed ferrets.

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