Hikes in Wind Cave National Park
Wind Cave National Park is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. President Theodore Roosevelt visited the cave in 1903 and created America’s eighth national park, the first to protect a cave. A decade later, a preserve was created next to the park to establish a bison heard. The herd thrived and in 1935, the game preserve became part of Wind Cave National Park. The park has continued to grow and now covers 33,851 acres.
Most of Wind Cave National Park’s wonders are below ground, with rare boxwork cave formations and miles and miles of tunnels (some of which have yet to be explored. Wind Cave National Park has above ground appeal too, with hiking trails and changes to see bison in the wild.
Hiking Wind Cave National Park
|Rankin Ridge Nature Trail in Wind Cave Park|
This one-mile loop hits the highest point in the park at a lookout tower with views over the east side of the Black Hills.