wind-cave

  • South Dakota
  • Established January 9, 1903
  • 45 square miles

All 129 explored miles of cave passages exist within a single square mile of surface mile. The passages, in other words, aren’t what we normally think of when we think of passages. They’re a three-dimensional labyrinth. Considered to be sacred by the Lakota, the huge cave remained unexplored until the late 1800s, when intrepid white folks stumbled onto the area. Brothers Jesse and Tom Bingham noticed a small hole in the ground, whistling. It was the cave’s natural entrance; another entrance was discovered almost a hundred years later.

What perhaps most stands out about Wind Cave is its underground beauty. According to America’s National Parks, “Impressive as it is, the sheer size of the cave system pales beside its beauties, expressed not in stalagmites and stalactites as in other caves, but through boxwork and, also, needlelike gypsum crystals in clusters that radiate from the cave floor; calcite ‘rafts,’ thin sheets of calcite that float on the surface of a subterranean lake; ‘cave popcorn,’ small, bulbous growths of calcite on the walls; and amazing ‘frostwork,’ needlelike growths of calcite or aragonite that grow into big, gnarled, twisting, bushlike, branching growths like trees.”

National Parks Revealed will help you really make the most of your trip to Wind Cave. We can match you with local, private guides, who will help you explore Wind Cave in all its beauty and depth. We will put together a custom itinerary just for you that will give you as much time as you want, with whatever activities best suit your needs and desires. We have plenty of suggestions and recommend combining a trip to Wind Cave with visits to other nearby parks. As always, we will arrange for you to stay at the best accommodations in the area.