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Learn Caves 101 at Wind Cave National Park While Celebrating National Park Week with Free Tours


Wind Cave National Park, S.D. – For the 101st anniversary of the National Park Service, rangers at Wind Cave will be offering free tours on two weekends in April as visitors celebrate National Park Week by going back to the basics, Caves 101. 

“The National Park Service encourages everyone to find their own connection to the vast network of public lands and places that protect and preserve our natural and cultural history,” said Acting Superintendent Stephen Thede. “National Park Week is a great opportunity to step back and experience one of the basics of what makes our country great- our national parks.”

Free tours of the cave on Saturday, April 15, are at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Free tours on Sunday, April 16, and Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23, are offered at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. These moderately strenuous tours will last around 75 minutes and start from the visitor center.

National Park Week is an annual national celebration of people, parks, trails, heritage areas, national trails and rivers, seashores, historic sites, and beautiful landscapes that together tell the story of our nation.

“We recently fixed our elevators which were unavailable this winter due to mechanical problems,” Thede said. “We encourage everyone to come out and take a free tour before the busy summer season and learn the basics, Caves 101, with a free tour.”

Entrance fees at many national park sites across the nation will be waived those two weekends in April. Visit for more information about events at other National Park Service sites throughout the country. You can also share your own park experiences and photos on that website.

The cave temperature is 54 degrees.  A light coat or sweater and sturdy walking shoes are recommended. Cave tour tickets will be issued on a first come, first served basis. These tours can be extremely popular, resulting in long wait times and possible “sold out” tours.

Photo Caption: Learning about the basics at Wind Cave, Caves 101, means learning about its most famous formation – boxwork.  (NPS Photo)

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Tom Farrell
Wind Cave National Park
Phone: 605-745-1130