Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota

Swaying prairie grasses, forested hillsides, and an array of wildlife such as bison, elk, and prairie dogs welcome visitors to one of our country s oldest national parks and one of its few remaining intact prairies. Secreted beneath is one of the world s longest caves, Wind Cave. Named for barometric winds at its entrance, this complex labyrinth of passages contains a unique formation boxwork.

Wind Cave National Park Info


Wind Cave National Park

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Wind Cave National Park Prepares for Prescribed Burn

Planning is underway to burn 676 acres of land surrounding the park’s developed area this fall and 669 acres adjacent to the Elk Mountain Campground next spring. The fall burn could occur as early as the week of October 1st.

Tours of the Sanson Ranch and Buffalo Jump Offered This Summer at Wind Cave National Park

Rangers at Wind Cave National Park will be offering tours of the Sanson Ranch and Buffalo Jump on Saturdays, beginning July 21 through August 11.

Twenty-five elk in Wind Cave National Park were recently fitted with GPS (Global Positioning System) radio collars to help monitor elk inside the park

Twenty-five elk in Wind Cave National Park were recently fitted with GPS (Global Positioning System) radio collars to help monitor elk inside the park for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

Wind Cave National Park Photos

Starry night in Wind Cave National Park

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Starry night in Wind Cave National Park

Stars over the Norbeck Bridge.

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Buddies

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Buddies

Sometimes friendships come from the least likely sources.

Honeycomb Patterns of Boxwork along the Walls of Wind Cave

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Honeycomb Patterns of Boxwork along the Walls of Wind Cave

Captured in Wind Cave National Park while on the Natural Entrance Cave Tour.

A Wind Cave Landscape (Wind Cave National Park)

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A Wind Cave Landscape (Wind Cave National Park)

A view looking to the northeast while walking along the Lookout Point Trail. What drew me into this image was the changing landscape with ridges, hills, draws, groves of trees, prairies and meadows. Because of the overcast skies, I decided to angle my Nikon SLR camera slightly downward, capturing a view looking across the prairie grasses and then the eye would be led across this national park landscape to far off hills and even mountains. After some initial post-processing work in Capture NX2, I exported a TIFF image to Color EFEX Pro 4 and used a Sunset Landscape recipe which brought out more warmer colors for the final image.

The stink eye

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The stink eye

Might As Well Graze Under Some Trees in Wind Cave National Park

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Might As Well Graze Under Some Trees in Wind Cave National Park

As I was finishing the loop around the Rankin Ridge Nature Trail, I came across this lone bison seemingly just enjoying a day out under some trees. Not having a long reach Tamron lens with me at the time, I decided to try pulling back and capturing the complete setting for this with the grassy meadow and the trees in this part of the national park. I found that sweeping view looking up to the bison best brought out the feel for this lone bison as it enjoyed the afternoon...

I Took in What Nature Was Willing to Give... (Wind Cave National Park

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I Took in What Nature Was Willing to Give... (Wind Cave National Park

A paraphrase from a Robert Frost poem I came across recently that seemed to just capture the feel of this setting in Wind Cave National Park along the Lookout Point Trail. The view was to the southeast as I was crossing a small footbridge over Cold Spring Creek. With the hillsides and the colors of greens and yellows from the plant-life all around, it just seemed to give off this serene feeling, with no forced hand.

Prairie Grasses on an Overcast Day in Wind Cave National Park

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Prairie Grasses on an Overcast Day in Wind Cave National Park

A view to the south while hiking along the Lookout Point Trail. This was definitely a view to take in from this rise along the trail while seeing the rolling hillsides just go on and on as it stretched to a distant horizon. Because of the overcast skies, I decided to angle my Nikon SLR camera slightly downward, capturing a view looking across the prairie grasses and then the eye would be led across this national park landscape to far off hills and even mountains. After some initial work with color, contrast and saturation, I added a Pro Contrast CEP filter and some warming colors in Capture NX2 which brought out a feel of not quite being an overcast and cloudy day.

Passing Clouds and Moving Shadows Across the Hillsides of Wind Cave National Park

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Passing Clouds and Moving Shadows Across the Hillsides of Wind Cave National Park

This was one of the trails I'd walked a week prior on an overcast day with off and on light rain. Obviously the far off distant views weren't there that day, so I took advantage of what amounted to a flex day in my vacation travels to revisit Wind Cave National Park and walk some trails I'd seen from other photographers. The Rankin Ridge Nature Trail was the top of my list during those few morning hours I had. This was from an clearing on the trail with a view looking to the south. I decided to angle my Nikon SLR camera slightly downward to better bring out a sense of depth and add a more sweeping view as one looked across the rolling hillsides of this national park. I finished up post-processing work in Capture NX2 by adding a few CEP filters (Low Key, Polarization and Graduated Neutral Density) for the final image.

White Pricklypoppy (Argemone Polyanthemos)

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White Pricklypoppy (Argemone Polyanthemos)

Argemone polyanthemos, the crested pricklypoppy, is an annual plant with yellow sap and showy white flowers in the poppy family (Papaveraceae). It can be found in areas with dry soil in most of the North American southwest. Because of its prickly defenses, and acrid taste from its poisons, grazing animals tend to avoid it, so it increases in numbers compared to other plants in grazed areas.
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Wind Cave National Park

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Wind Cave National Park

Buffalo on prairie at Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota.
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Life in a Prairie Dog Town Marker (Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota)

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Life in a Prairie Dog Town Marker (Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota)

Wind Cave National Park is an American national park located 10 miles north of the town of Hot Springs in Custer County, South Dakota. Established in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, it was the seventh U.S. National Park and the first cave to be designated a national park anywhere in the world. The cave is notable for its displays of the calcite formation known as boxwork. Approximately 95 percent of the world's discovered boxwork formations are found in Wind Cave. Wind Cave is also known for its frostwork. The cave is also considered a three-dimensional maze cave, recognized as the densest (greatest passage volume per cubic mile) cave system in the world. The cave is currently the sixth-longest in the world with 140.47 miles (226.06 km) of explored cave passageways. Above ground, the park includes the largest remaining natural mixed-grass prairie in the United States.

Information from: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_Cave_National_Park

Beaver Creek Bridge at Wind Cave National Park

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Beaver Creek Bridge at Wind Cave National Park

This is an iconic view at Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota.

Wind Cave (Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota)

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Wind Cave (Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota)

Wind Cave National Park is an American national park located 10 miles north of the town of Hot Springs in Custer County, South Dakota. Established in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, it was the seventh U.S. National Park and the first cave to be designated a national park anywhere in the world. The cave is notable for its displays of the calcite formation known as boxwork. Approximately 95 percent of the world's discovered boxwork formations are found in Wind Cave. Wind Cave is also known for its frostwork. The cave is also considered a three-dimensional maze cave, recognized as the densest (greatest passage volume per cubic mile) cave system in the world. The cave is currently the sixth-longest in the world with 140.47 miles (226.06 km) of explored cave passageways. Above ground, the park includes the largest remaining natural mixed-grass prairie in the United States.

Information from: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_Cave_National_Park

Wind Cave Boxwork Formation (Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota)

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Wind Cave Boxwork Formation (Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota)

Wind Cave National Park is an American national park located 10 miles north of the town of Hot Springs in Custer County, South Dakota. Established in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, it was the seventh U.S. National Park and the first cave to be designated a national park anywhere in the world. The cave is notable for its displays of the calcite formation known as boxwork. Approximately 95 percent of the world's discovered boxwork formations are found in Wind Cave. Wind Cave is also known for its frostwork. The cave is also considered a three-dimensional maze cave, recognized as the densest (greatest passage volume per cubic mile) cave system in the world. The cave is currently the sixth-longest in the world with 140.47 miles (226.06 km) of explored cave passageways. Above ground, the park includes the largest remaining natural mixed-grass prairie in the United States.

Information from: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_Cave_National_Park

Water: the Critical Link Marker (Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota)

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Water: the Critical Link Marker (Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota)

Wind Cave National Park is an American national park located 10 miles north of the town of Hot Springs in Custer County, South Dakota. Established in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, it was the seventh U.S. National Park and the first cave to be designated a national park anywhere in the world. The cave is notable for its displays of the calcite formation known as boxwork. Approximately 95 percent of the world's discovered boxwork formations are found in Wind Cave. Wind Cave is also known for its frostwork. The cave is also considered a three-dimensional maze cave, recognized as the densest (greatest passage volume per cubic mile) cave system in the world. The cave is currently the sixth-longest in the world with 140.47 miles (226.06 km) of explored cave passageways. Above ground, the park includes the largest remaining natural mixed-grass prairie in the United States.

Information from: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_Cave_National_Park

Wind Cave Boxwork Formation (Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota)

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Wind Cave Boxwork Formation (Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota)

Wind Cave National Park is an American national park located 10 miles north of the town of Hot Springs in Custer County, South Dakota. Established in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, it was the seventh U.S. National Park and the first cave to be designated a national park anywhere in the world. The cave is notable for its displays of the calcite formation known as boxwork. Approximately 95 percent of the world's discovered boxwork formations are found in Wind Cave. Wind Cave is also known for its frostwork. The cave is also considered a three-dimensional maze cave, recognized as the densest (greatest passage volume per cubic mile) cave system in the world. The cave is currently the sixth-longest in the world with 140.47 miles (226.06 km) of explored cave passageways. Above ground, the park includes the largest remaining natural mixed-grass prairie in the United States.

Information from: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_Cave_National_Park

Wind Cave Boxwork Formation (Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota)

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Wind Cave Boxwork Formation (Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota)

Wind Cave National Park is an American national park located 10 miles north of the town of Hot Springs in Custer County, South Dakota. Established in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, it was the seventh U.S. National Park and the first cave to be designated a national park anywhere in the world. The cave is notable for its displays of the calcite formation known as boxwork. Approximately 95 percent of the world's discovered boxwork formations are found in Wind Cave. Wind Cave is also known for its frostwork. The cave is also considered a three-dimensional maze cave, recognized as the densest (greatest passage volume per cubic mile) cave system in the world. The cave is currently the sixth-longest in the world with 140.47 miles (226.06 km) of explored cave passageways. Above ground, the park includes the largest remaining natural mixed-grass prairie in the United States.

Information from: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_Cave_National_Park

Wind Cave (Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota)

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Wind Cave (Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota)

Wind Cave National Park is an American national park located 10 miles north of the town of Hot Springs in Custer County, South Dakota. Established in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, it was the seventh U.S. National Park and the first cave to be designated a national park anywhere in the world. The cave is notable for its displays of the calcite formation known as boxwork. Approximately 95 percent of the world's discovered boxwork formations are found in Wind Cave. Wind Cave is also known for its frostwork. The cave is also considered a three-dimensional maze cave, recognized as the densest (greatest passage volume per cubic mile) cave system in the world. The cave is currently the sixth-longest in the world with 140.47 miles (226.06 km) of explored cave passageways. Above ground, the park includes the largest remaining natural mixed-grass prairie in the United States.

Information from: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_Cave_National_Park

Wind Cave National Park (Custer County, South Dakota)

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Wind Cave National Park (Custer County, South Dakota)

Wind Cave National Park is an American national park located 10 miles north of the town of Hot Springs in Custer County, South Dakota. Established in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, it was the seventh U.S. National Park and the first cave to be designated a national park anywhere in the world. The cave is notable for its displays of the calcite formation known as boxwork. Approximately 95 percent of the world's discovered boxwork formations are found in Wind Cave. Wind Cave is also known for its frostwork. The cave is also considered a three-dimensional maze cave, recognized as the densest (greatest passage volume per cubic mile) cave system in the world. The cave is currently the sixth-longest in the world with 140.47 miles (226.06 km) of explored cave passageways. Above ground, the park includes the largest remaining natural mixed-grass prairie in the United States.

Information from: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_Cave_National_Park