Wind Cave National Park is located in United States around 10-miles to the north of town’s Hot Spring. The National Park was established in the year 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt the President of United States. It was first Cave National Park, which has been also seventh largest National Park around the world. The cave is quite famous and is visited by a number of tourists around the year.
About the Cave National Park
The cave is popular for its calcite formation which is known as boxwork. Around 95% of boxwork formations is found in this Wind Cave. The Wind Cave has three dimensional maze cave, and known for its thickest cave system in the world. At present, only half way is known and the other half is not visible from the surface. Hence, several visitors visit only half of the cave’s charm. Only 226.06km of cave’s part is explored, while new 4-miles of caves are discovered each year.
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About the Park
Apart from its spectacular caves, lies unusual ecosystem. The ecosystem consists mixed-grass prairie of Great Plain and Ponderosa pine forest of the Black Hills. The park is residence to several types of plant and animal species. It has a distinctive geographical area like prairie falcons, meadowlark from grassland and many more.
Wildlife is prime point, other than cave which attracts more number of visitors. Bison and American Buffalo are easily spotted in the park. Around 14-Bisons were reintroduced to the park in the year 1913 from Zoological Society of New York. Pornghron, Prairie Dogs, Mule Deer can be spotted in large number. Elk can also be spotted in this Park.
How to Reach?
If you are looking for a serene break from cities haste and rush environment, then visiting Wind Cave National Park must be on your list. One has to take US 16 to US 16A South and tour through Mount Rushmore to South Dakota 87-south. South Dakota 79 from Rapid City to Hot Spring then turning to US385 will land you to its south Entrance.
Best Time to Visit?
The Wind Cave National Park is open all year long. Except on Thanksgiving, New Year and Christmas. The park also conducts tours in late September to May, which are considered as off-season. Saturdays and Sundays in the summer season are crowded.
A two-day tour is recommended which includes an introductory tour of Wind Cave and exploring Park’s treasure the other time. The Second day can be quite idealistic with candle light dinner or just a dinner under open sky. Check with reservation before visiting and carry essential things to the tour.