Tour Wind Cave

South Dakota Wind Cave National Park Visitor Center

Added by Jason Hatfield

The 6th largest and densest cave system in the world.

Established in 1903, Wind Cave National Park is home to over 140 miles of mapped cave passages. The cave features 95% of the world's known boxwork calcite formations and got its name from the sound of rushing wind created at its few small openings.

A guided tour is the only way to see the cave system unless you are in the park's limited volunteer cave exploring group. Depending on the time of year, up to 5 different tours are offered: Tickets are only available the same day on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Pack List

  • Hiking Shoes
  • Pants & Light Jacket
  • Camera
  • Fast Wide-angle Lens (f/2.8 or faster)
  • Batteries
  • Memory Card
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Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Year Round

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0.67 Miles

Elev. Gain:

6 Feet



Easy Parking
Family Friendly

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5 months ago


It's the 6th longest cave in the world and they are still discovering more passage ways every year... about 3 miles a year. I highly recommend taking a tour. I'd like to go back and try the wild cave tour where crawling is required.

5 months ago

Added by Jason Hatfield

Adventure and travel photographer based out of Denver, Colorado. I teach photography workshops and offer private guiding around the west. More at

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