Wind Cave National Park | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota

Wind Cave National Park

  • Wind Cave National Park
    Wind Cave National Park
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26611 US Hwy 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747
(605) 745-4600

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Over many years of exploration and mapping, Wind Cave has grown to be one of the world’s largest known caves. Currently, over 142.75 miles of passages have been mapped making it the third longest cave in the U.S. and the sixth longest cave in the world. Wind Cave has few stalactites and stalagmites, but many unusual formations and a variety of minerals are found in the cave. The cave is well known for its outstanding display of boxwork, an unusual cave formation composed of thin calcite fins resembling honeycombs.

Along with this massive cave, Wind Cave National Park also features 28,295 acres of mixed-grass prairie, Ponderosa pine forest, and wildlife. 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.