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Visiting Wind Cave National Park

Planning a trip to Wind Cave National Park and need some help planning your trip?

Here is the National Park Obsessed guide for visiting Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota.

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The Quick Guide to Visiting Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave National Park Basics

Region: Midwest / Central Plains

Park Size: 33,847 acres (52.89 sq miles) (136.97 sq km)

Location: Custer County

Closest Cities: Hot Springs, South Dakota

Busy Season: July to August

Visitation: 615,350 (in 2019)

How much does Wind Cave National Park Cost?

Wind Cave National Park is free to enter but cave tours are a separate fees.

When is Wind Cave National Park Open?

Wind Cave National Park is open year-round.

Are dogs allowed in Wind Cave National Park?

Yes, pets are welcome in Wind Cave National Park but are limited to developed areas such as roads, parking areas, picnic areas, and campgrounds. Pets are not allowed on the trails in the park or in the Cave. Please review the Wind Cave Pet Policy before bringing your dog to Wind Cave.

Where are Wind Cave National Park’s visitor centers?

Wind Cave National Park Visitor Center – Open Year Round

Land Acknowledgments for Wind Cave National Park

The National Park known as Wind Cave National Park sits on Cheyenne and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ land.

Thank you to the Native Land Digital for making the Indigenous territories accessible to all. They have mapped the known territories to the best of the current knowledge and is a work in progress. If you have additional information on the Indigenous nations boundaries, please let them know.

Native Land Digital is a registered Canadian not-for-profit organization with the goal to creates spaces where non-Indigenous people can be invited and challenged to learn more about the lands they inhabit, the history of those lands, and how to actively be part of a better future going forward together.

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Kathy Burns

Thursday 11th of November 2021

Will you be open in June of 2022? My Great Grandmother was Katie Stabler and I would love to visit Wind Cave at the end of June. I have wonderful memories of my Great Grandmother. I have some very interesting photos of her. I understand that there is a camping area as well. Do you have cabins to rent or just tenting? I cant wait to start planning a trip. Please let me know if you are open at that time for tours.

Kathy (VanDyne) Burns

Jennifer Melroy

Friday 12th of November 2021

This is an independently run website focused on helping people plan national park trips. This website is not associated with the National Park Service. Please review NPS.gov for the latest information on cave tours time and availability at Wind Cave.

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