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  • Colleen C
    Troy, NY1 767 contributions
    The first thing I would love to say about this park is there is NO entrance fees. We have a park pass but we were never asked to present it and were able to drive from the south entrance all the way North and thru the North entrance. And the drive alone is amazing the wildlife is everywhere ~ Bison, Pronghorns, Deer, lots and lots of prairie dogs, coyote, etc...

    We arrived at the visitor center with 20mins left before the last tour, and we called in the car driving there and was informed that we could not buy the tickets for the tour over the phone and had to be present in order to get them. We were soo surprised when the Ranger informed us that there was only 4 tickets left for the last tour of the day ....ME: " they're ours!" We went to the gift center and spent some time there then headed down stair to the meeting area were there is a large museum ~Just to get a page over head form the rangers saying that the elevator that goes down to the cave were not operating..... after 8hrs. of driving and being soooo close to going down into the caves ~ lets just say my heart as well as the rest of my family sank! It was completely understandable and they did refund us but still UGHHHH!

    You can drive through the prairie side of this park 24/7 and for free BUT if you want to see the under side the visitor center only operates (Spring) 8am first tour 9am - 3:30 last tour. And the cost is about $12 a person for the tour.
    Written 28 April 2022
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  • Aslan's Traveler
    Burnsville, MN517 contributions
    This is not too difficult of a hike, but does have some elevation--guessing 200-300 ft gain. But it is well worth if for views that seem to stretch forever.
    Written 31 July 2021
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  • MKTBE
    Topeka, KS2 841 contributions
    While waiting for the next available Wind Cave Tour, we hiked the Elk Mountain Nature Trail. It is a well-marked, moderate trail, that meanders through varying terrains and was much longer than we anticipated. We enjoyed the natural beauty of the area, including the wildlife that we occasionally caught glimpses of. We were enjoying the hike so much, we had to hustle back, so that we didn't miss the cave tour!
    Written 26 July 2019
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  • Robert W
    Berkshires, MA153 contributions
    Hiked out for about and hour. Trail was well maintained with diverse scenery. Trail was more like a dirt road and not a hiking trail. There were other longer trails that branched off this trail which we would of explored if we had more time. Certainly worth checking out!
    Written 10 October 2021
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  • Ina B
    5 contributions
    Awesome cave! Very different than "normal" caves. The candlelight part was just an added bonus! I go on this tour every time I'm in the area (like 5 or so times!)
    Written 13 September 2020
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  • Grover R
    Pensacola, FL15 204 contributions
    Wind Cave is a really good National Park but it suffers from a bit of an identity crisis. You would think in the name it would be the Cave; however, it really does not have a signature space so it is the buffalo or this bridge that serve as the symbol for the park. Right now the road is closed before the bridge for road work; however, you can reach Lookout Point which offers great views of the bridge as well as the buffalo. We came to see the bridge but were rewarded with a buffalo sitting near the lookout trail. From the lookout we also got a great view of a buffalo heard. Anyways come here to see the unofficial symbol of the park
    Written 19 September 2021
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