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Wind Cave National Park Travel Guide: 44 reviews and 73 photos
There are two parks under the National Park Service, involving caves, right near each other in the Black Hills part of Southwest South Dakota. They are Jewel Cave and Wind Cave. There is a bit of difference between the two caves and the formations therein and both are worth visiting but if you only have time to choose one, I would recommend Wind Cave. Wind Cave is more unique and there is more to do other than the cave.
Wind Cave does not have the usual stalactites (formations coming down from the ceiling) and stalagmites (formations rising from the ground). It instead has an intricate pattern of thin lines called a "Boxwork Formation". This is because Wind Cave is a dry cave as opposed to the much more common wet caves. Wind cave contains 98% of the world's known Boxwork Formations.
I was surprised by the number of, and variety of, animals in the park. I saw no wildlife in nearby Jewel Cave National Monument except birds. Wind Cave has a decent sized herd of Americak Bison (commonly, mistakenly, referred to as a "Buffalo").
The wildlife is definitely not confined to bison, there are a number of other animal species here too. I saw a couple of small herds of pronghorn antelope.
The last trail I will mention is the Sanctuary Trail. This is a moderately strenuous trail that is 3.5 miles one way.... more travel advice
This is a moderately strenuous trail that circles the campground. It is also about the best place in the park to see... more travel advice
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