In South Dakota, the wind cave has wilderness that includes antelope, prairie dogs, and bison- the longest caves. Most of the visitors leave it without knowing its charm. Ironically, it is half visible from the ground surface. With a unique ecosystem, the spectacular underground labyrinth has seen, both the ponderosa pine forest and the mixed-grass prairie of the high plains. It plays as a host to animal species and plant species from geographical areas-meadowlarks and prairie falcons with nuthatches and forest turkeys.
In large numbers, mule deer, prairie dogs, and pronghorn are present and covers over 60 % of the grassland. Fourteen bison is re-introduced from the zoological society. The first recording of the cave arises in the year 1881. Today, you can explore 130 miles passages, and it’s the longest caves in the world. The most distinctive feature rushes its mouth, thus equalizing inside passages and the outside atmosphere.
Wind Cave: How To Reach There?
From Rapid City you can take the scenic route of US 16-US 16A south, to south Dakota detouring for mount Rushmore can be glimpsed. It is not available to trailers, and RVs-wind cave entrance taken from the Custer state park and needles highways. Hot springs from the rapid city are the fastest route turning north to US 385 entrance. You can take US16 east from the west to US385 south.
Where To Go In Wind Cave?
Although the visitor and cave center both are open all the days except Christmas, new year’s day and thanksgiving. The park offer tour off-season and to midsummer for seeing wildflowers. In summer, days such as Sundays and Saturdays likely contain the crowd. The rarest of all is a campground.
How To Go?
If you are planning to visit just for a single day, spending time in the morning is a good plan. In the afternoon you can explore forests and park’s prairies on the scenic drive. On the second day, longer candlelight plus cave tours explore.
Physically challenged people can take the strenuous tours the is about 150 steps. The cave temperature would be 53 degrees Fahrenheit, and you can walk wearing proper shoes and jacket on summer days. Wild cave tours and candlelight reservations, generally recommended. You must be 16+ for the cave tour and 8+ for the candlelight.
The wild cave protects ecosystem diversity with western and eastern animal and plant species. It inhabits elk, badgers, cougars, coyotes, raccoons, bobcats, black-footed ferrets, prairie dogs, minks, red foxes, and pronghorn.
The road runs through 30 miles of surface trails and has an estimated visitor count of 656397 visitors. The limit for cave tour is 40 people, and the wind cave features 3 exhibit rooms. The natural history and wildlife of the cave parks are currently brucellosis-free.
Ponderosa pine forest, elk mountain campground is just 2 Km from the center created for the visitors. Campfire programs are available in both winter and summer seasons. The photos, information, facts about the wind cave park on the web is given precisely. You can learn about the bugling call of the elk.