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Wind Cave National Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota

Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave is one of the world's longest and most complex caves and 28,295 acres of mixed-grass prairie, ponderosa pine forest, and associated wildlife are the main features of the park. The cave is well known for its outstanding display of boxwork, an unusual cave formation composed of thin calcite fins resembling honeycombs. The park's mixed-grass prairie is one of the few remaining and is home to native wildlife such as bison, elk, pronghorn, mule deer, coyotes, and prairie dogs. Come take a tour and learn for yourself about the wonders of Wind Cave National Park.

Natural Entrance Cave Tour

This tour includes a visit to the natural entrance of Wind Cave where visitors can see where the cave was discovered and learn how it got its name. Participants enter the cave through a man-made entrance and journey through the middle level of the cave. Wind Cave's famous boxwork is abundant throughout this trip. Most of the 300 stairs along this route are down. This moderately strenuous one-half mile tour lasts 1 hours and exits the cave by elevator.

Fairgrounds Cave Tour

This 1 hour tour explores both the upper and middle levels of Wind Cave. Boxwork is abundant along the trail in the middle level of the cave. In the upper level, the trail winds through the larger rooms where popcorn and frostwork can be seen. This is our most strenuous walking tour. The tour enters and exits the cave by elevator and there are 450 stairs along the one-half mile route with one flight of 89 steps going up.

Garden of Eden Cave Tour

This 1-hour tour is our least strenuous tour. It is a wonderful sample of Wind Cave. Small amounts of all of the beautiful cave formations - boxwork, cave popcorn, and flowstone - are seen along this -mile trail. The tour is designed for people with limited time or abilities. It enters and leaves the cave by elevator with 150 steps along the tour route.

Candlelight Cave Tour

Experience the cave by candlelight! This was how the earliest explorers of Wind Cave saw the cave This tour takes place in a less developed, unlighted part of the cave, each participant will carry a candle bucket.
This tour is limited to 10 people and the minimum age is 8, this strenuous tour covers one mile of rugged trail and lasts 2 hours. Shoes with non-slip soles are required. NO SANDALS!

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