Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave National Park by Zack Frank via Shutterstock.

Wind Cave National Park, in South Dakota, boasts one of the world’s longest and most intricate caves. With its boxwork formations and rolling prairie above, it’s a site of both subterranean and surface wonders.

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Fast Facts

State(s): South Dakota
Area: 33,847 acres (136.97 sq km) – 53rd largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Rankin Ridge – 5,013 ft (1,527.96 m)
Lowest Elevation: Beaver Creek – 3,559 ft (1,084.78 m)
Date Established: January 9, 1903
Annual Visitors: 607,418 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: Hot Springs, South Dakota

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

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🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Wind Cave National Park.

  1. Cave tours exploring intricate boxwork formations
  2. Wildlife viewing on the prairie, especially bison and elk
  3. Joining ranger-led evening campfire programs
  4. Photography of the park’s diverse landscapes
  5. Visiting the visitor center to learn about park history

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Wind Cave National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Wind Cave National Park.

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🍔 What to Eat Near Wind Cave National Park

After hiking and exploring Wind Cave National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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