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Wind Cave National Park

26611 US Highway 385, Hot Springs, South Dakota 57747 USA

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Wed 12a-11:59p
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  • Public
  • Outdoor
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“explore one of the world's longest caves”

Cave Elevators Out of Service, No Tours Being Offered As of July 1, 2019, due to elevators being down until further notice no cave tours are being offered at this time. Instead, we invite you to explore the visitor center, listen to a ranger talk, view the park movie, or stroll through the park store. Hidden beneath the rolling prairie of the southern Black Hills is one of the world’s longest caves. Swaying prairie grasses, forested hillsides, and an array of wildlife such as bison, elk, and prairie dogs welcome visitors to our country’s seventh-oldest national park and one of its few remaining intact prairies. Secreted beneath is one of the world’s longest caves, Wind Cave. Named for barometric winds at its entrance, this complex labyrinth of passages contains a unique formation – boxwork. American Indians of the area have known about the opening to Wind Cave and the winds that move in and out of it for centuries. It is a sacred place for many tribes. In 1881 Jesse and Tom Bingham were also attracted to the cave by the whistling noise of the air coming out of the cave. As the story goes, wind was blowing out of the cave entrance with such force that it blew off Tom's hat. A few days later when Jesse returned to show this phenomenon to some friends, he was surprised to find the wind had switched directions and his hat was sucked into the cave.

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  • 2 Reviews
  • 12 Helpful
July 15, 2014
Rated 4.0

For all of the attractions out there the cost of $12 was really manageable in comparison for a tour of a cave that lasts just over an hour with a knowledgeable and patient ranger. The cave has many different aspects. A great one is known as BoxWork which is unique to caves but very cool to experience.

Outside the cave wild animals roam free so it was not uncommon to spot a herd of buffalo along the side of the road.

7 people found this review helpful

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Adam Shickley

  • 67 Reviews
  • 68 Helpful
July 14, 2014
Rated 5.0

Cave Tours start at $10-$12 for a nice tour of the cave. Lots of Boxwork. Pretty cool history, The Fairgrounds tour was nice. We took a 4 and 7 year old.

6 people found this review helpful

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Linda Sue Simmons

  • 5 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
August 04, 2015
Rated 4.0

Nice one hour tour of the cave. Works well with a trip to Hot Springs and Mammoth Site / Cascade Falls.

5 people found this review helpful

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  • 15 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
June 16, 2018
Rated 5.0

Awesome cave tour! Get there early to get tickets, no reservations. Then if you have to wait 2 hours, drive through Custer park and see bison and deer! Cave tour was awesome and cheaper, $12 for adults and $6 for kids! We did the long one and it was fine for my 69 year old dad with bad knees. Kids loved it!

3 people found this review helpful

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  • 24 Reviews
  • 15 Helpful
June 26, 2016
Rated 4.0

We went on the popular tour. Walked down about 300 stairs and then came up in a elevator. The box work is really interesting. Did not need a flashlight but would recommend a sweatshirt.

3 people found this review helpful

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  • 4 Helpful
January 07, 2022

It was a beautiful drive in. You HAVE to get there early. We were there 45 minutes before they even opened and there was already a line formed with at least 50 people. It took us 30 minutes to get into the building once they opened and the tour we wanted was already full. We ended up just taking the Natural Entrance tour and it was really interesting hearing about all of the history. It was our 2 year olds first cave and she loved it. She did not get scared and even walked by herself most of the time. The honeycomb formations were worth the wait they were so intricate and interesting. Overall it was a great experience just get there early!

2 people found this review helpful

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  • 2 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
September 19, 2018

Awesome cave tour! We arrived later in the afternoon and were able to get tickets for the last tour. Really enjoyed this!

2 people found this review helpful

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  • 5 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
March 14, 2018
Rated 5.0

The cave is nice, but for me it was the abundant wildlife such as bison and prairie dogs that endeared the park to me.

1 person found this review helpful

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  • 6 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
July 25, 2016
Rated 5.0

Make sure to go on one of the tours into the caves. The whole family loved the stop. Make sure to stop near the main entrance and watch the mass amounts of prairie dogs.

1 person found this review helpful

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Kori and Brian Truono

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  • 78 Reviews
  • 165 Helpful
November 22, 2014
Rated 3.0

Cave tour was standard.

1 person found this review helpful

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Wind Cave National Park

26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs, South Dakota
57747 USA


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  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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Good for bird watching, hiking, and 3 more activities.

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  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
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  • Wheelchair Accessible
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