Wind Cave National Park

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Wind Cave National Park
4.5
National Parks • Nature & Wildlife Areas • Caverns & Caves
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Randy W
Columbus, United States58 contributions
Sep 2021
It is Free to visit the on-site museum and drive around the park to see the wildlife. You will see Bison, for sure. Wind Cave is unique in that it is a dry cave. It doesn't look like typical caverns.
The cave tour is Ranger led and requires a ticket. If you have an annual or senior pass you will get a discount. But, each person needs to be holding a pass, not just a pass for all those in your car as is usually the case.
There are 3 different tours available with various walking and climbing abilities needed; don't take the easiest unless you are handicapped or are with someone who is. All of the tours may not be available depending upon the time of the year and staffing. The Rangers are very helpful in helping you make the decision.
Written 26 October 2021
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CK
9 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Make a reservation ahead of time. Tours were sold out by 11:00 the day we went. There are different tours depending on the number of steps and how long you want to be underground. A must see if you are interested in caves
Written 22 October 2021
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Ar B
Somewhere Usa64 contributions
Sep 2021
If you want to book a tour in person, arrive at the Visitor Center opening. Even though we arrived within an hour of opening, there was a long line to stand in. Then upon getting to the desk, the ranger rushed through her answers to our questions. My spouse and I ended up on two separate tours -- spouse's much more enjoyable than mine. Both tours ended up being a 3 - 4 hour wait between purchase and tour start time.

The cave itself is wonderful. The tour personnel were very knowledgeable, the downstairs exhibit was extraordinary and the video, entertaining. Restrooms are located on both levels and the lower restroom has fewer lines forming for use.

An absolute must is a stop to see the huge prairie dog communities along the main roads and the bison who frequently are visible. With a telephoto lens, I was able to get a prairie dog mother with her pup sitting outside their hole on their mound. Besides the wonderful underground memories from the tour, it created a wonderful animal memory from Wind Cave National Park.
Written 16 October 2021
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DSP_MPS_Gmail
Point Lookout, MO233 contributions
Jul 2021
The guided tour through the cave was great, and lots to see above and below ground. The Natural entrance and how the cave got it's name is awesome, and a nice place on a hot day as the cool air was whipping out of the cave at speed. Facility is nice, and everyone was following the rules especially in regards to cave etiquette and bat safety. Neat formations box style, some crystal structures, but a good day spent doing a cool activity below ground. Would do it again
Written 13 October 2021
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DoctormomStow
Stow, OH448 contributions
Sep 2021
We got here late in the day, spent time at the visitor center which was worth the stop. Make your way to the basement where there are some interesting facts and exhibits about the cave. Since we could not do a tour, this was a good way to get an idea of what it is like. Tickets for the tour are first come first serve and apparently you have to be there early for the line. You can go to the natural opening and experience the "wind" effect as it feels as if you are in front of a fan. There is a small gift shop. The center seems dated. The road through the park went through primarily praire land. Had we seen the cave I may have rated the experience higher.
Written 12 October 2021
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Robert W
Berkshires, MA153 contributions
Sep 2021
Great National Park! We didn't do the cave tours, Covid, crowds, etc. Visitors center was great, saw a great film on the caves, so make sure you check that out. We ended up hiking throughout the park. One of the Rangers suggested a trail near the entrance of the park which was one of the Rangers favorite. Hiked with the Bison and Prairie dogs! It did get quite intense meeting the Bison on our trail. ( See pic's) We gave them a very wide berth and obviously the right of way on the hiking trail. A great memory that we certainly won't forget from this amazing National park. Highly recommend this park!
Written 10 October 2021
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coachee1313
Montvale, NJ1 069 contributions
Oct 2021
An amazing place without a doubt both above and below ground. Make sure you know what time the Ranger tours are. I got very lucky and caught one just in time.
Written 10 October 2021
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Lovtorun
Midwest539 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
We spent a long half day here on a Thursday in late September. We arrived at parking shortly before the visitors center opened at 8 and joined the line to buy cave tour tickets. They were offering two types of tours that day and we were in the first tour starting at the natural entrance. While we waited for the tour we looked at the exhibits inside the visitors center and around the outside.
Our tour started at 9 led by a park ranger. After the introduction we walked down a lot of stairs and once we got to a landing she would give us information. The tour lasted an hour and 15 minutes and was interesting and something different. The only annoyance was some of the other guests shining their phone flashlights around and taking flash photos. Be courteous.

After the tour we drove to a hiking trail not far away and hiked part of the Centennial trail. Just before we got to Lookout Point we encountered a herd of bison along the trail. We opted to turn around! Lots of bison and prairie dogs along the trail. Leaves were colorful and it was a pretty walk.
Written 5 October 2021
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Gregory B
Topeka, KS206 contributions
Aug 2021
A nice stop if you are interested in this type of geography. On several occasions I could see big horn sheep running along the cliffs as I drove by. There appears to be tours you can take with park rangers. The visitor center employees are very knowledgeable and help you get the most from your visit.
Recommended!
Written 3 October 2021
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL14 184 contributions
Sep 2021
I am trying to see every National Park in 5 years so I only came here because it was a National Park, and I had very low expectations. Let me say, I was totally blown away by our experience in this park and this is without an ability to see a large part of it, including its #1 hike due to road construction.

You have to understand before coming this is an above ground/below ground combination park. This is reflected in the challenge NPS has in marketing the park. There is no signature symbol. I like caves and while a great tour, this park on the cave alone is lacking when compared to NPS properties like Carlsbad and Mammoth, for that matter when compared to its sister cave Jewel Cave.

However, above the ground this land is the area where the Black Hills meet the Plains and the wildlife experiences are as good as any park I have visited. We saw dozens of buffalo, antelope, prairie dogs and turkey, not to mention deer and coyotes. All of these within 100 yards if not next to your car. While we could not get to Rankin Ridge due to road construction, we did go to Lookout Point and hike Cold Brook Canyon, which is great for birds. On both of these excursions we were able to have experiences with buffalo and other animals outside of car simply in the wild. Also let me highly recommend taking the dirt road Highway 5 to Boland Ridge for not only great views and animals, but also solitude that can be hard to find in the Black Hills.

Finally, I don't want to appear so down on the cave. Let me say the cave tour is a great visit with two amazing features that you really need to see. The best by far is natural entrance that is pressurized thus giving the name with wind. The fact that such a large cave has such a small entrance leads to wind either exiting or entering depending on outside pressure. When it is 90 degrees like the day we visited, the Natural Entrance is pumping out a 54 degree breeze, nature's AC and it is amazing. The second feature is boxwork as this cave has 95% of the world's supply in it. In this very dry cave there really are no stalagmites or stalactites or other typical cave features. What there is is a calcite formation that makes an irregular shaped box with the best place to see it the "Post Office" on the Natural Entrance tour that has so much boxwork it looks like mailboxes. While it may not have the majesty of Carlsbad or Mammoth, it is a great cave tour.

Again don't undersell or skip this park. In total it is very worthy of its National Park status.
Written 21 September 2021
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