Caves are one of the Black Hills most mysterious and intriguing wonders. To do your exploring underground, visit Wind Cave National Park. Stretching more than 100 miles, Wind Cave is one of the longest caves in the world, and the first cave to be designated a national park.
With a maze-like, underground chamber system, Wind Cave features the world’s largest concentration of box work, a rare formation of thin calcite fins that resemble honeycombs. Above ground, Wind Cave National Park includes a wildlife sanctuary of 28,295 acres for antelope, bison, elk, prairie dogs and other creatures to roam. Here, the ponderosa pine forest meets the rolling prairie, one of the last remaining mixed grassland areas in existence.
The cave’s visitor centre is open daily except holidays. An admission fee is required to tour the cave. A list of tour options can be viewed at www.nps.gov/wica.
This Limestone Cave in the scenic Black Hills of South Dakota is the 5th largest in the world and is decorated by beautiful rare box work formation and calcite crystal formations. The park’s mixed grass prairie displays an impressive array of wildlife including bison.
Garden of Eden(Tour Times 9:30am,11:30,1:30pm,3:30 – Sept. 24 – Dec. 31)-1/4 mile of trail, 150 stairs, approx 1 hr in length. Natural Entrance (Tours every hour 10:30am-4:30pm – April 30 – Sept 23rd)-1/2 mile of trail, 300 stairs, approx 1-1/4 hr in length. Both tours are moderately strenuous, light jacket or sweater recommended and shoes are required.