The first cave to be designated a national park, Wind Cave National Park features the world's largest concentration of rare boxwork formations along with a 28,295-acres of South Dakota wildlife sanctuary on the surface.


26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747
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(605) 745-4600

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Hidden under swaying grasses and sacred hillside forests, a centuries-old maze whistles to curious passersby. A sanctuary for two worlds, above and below, rich grounds hold rare finds running deep through the past.

Hold Onto Your Hats

Descend into the cave on a ranger-guided tour and feel the barometric breath of one of the world's longest caves.

Boxwork Formations

An uncommon structure of honeycomb-patterned projecting calcite from cave walls is the finest example of boxwork in the world.

One of the World's Longest Caves

Wind Cave has 148 miles of mapped and surveyed passages…and they're still counting.

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A Sacred Place

A sacred place for the Lakota, their oral tradition tells the story that this is where humans first emerged from within the earth to live on the surface.


This 33,851-acre attraction is as impressive above ground as it is below. Its unique ecosystem is home to elk, buffalo, antelope, deer, prairie dogs and black-footed ferrets.

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