Wind Cave receives thousands of visitors each year. Not only does it offer a variety of impressive and stunning passageways into the underground world of the Black Hills, but it also features an impressive above ground oasis, that is, the national park, which showcases a vast surrounding of never-ending landscapes and wildlife. With more than 28,000 acres and 30 miles of excellent trails, backcountry camping, and stretches of land for visitors to simply roam free, we highly recommend Wind Cave National Park to all of our camper’s.
Camping near Wind Cave National Park is always a popular choice! And guess what? Staying with us at Buffalo Ridge Camp Resort places visitors just under a 30-minute drive from this national keepsake. And for those fascinated by the rarity of boxwork, worldwide, Wind Cave is essentially your gold mine.
This unique mineral structure, originally formed by erosion is quite rare in most parts of the world, and not to mention, fascinating to say the very least. In order to gain the full experience of Wind Cave itself, visitors will definitely want to take one of the several guided tours offered. From easy to strenuous levels, there is essentially a tour for everyone to enjoy, and trust us when we say; it’s a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed.
Join us today! And discover why camping near Wind Cave National Park situates you in the best spot to discover not only the caves, but also other surrounding local attractions in Custer, South Dakota.
An ideal tour for those with limited time or abilities. This 1-hour, 1/3 mile tour gives visitors a great look into Wind Cave. With a variety of cave formations including rare boxwork, cave popcorn, and flowstone this 150-step tour enters and leaves the cave by elevator.
As Wind Cave’s most popular tour, visitors will enter through the natural entrance to the cave and learn about the discovery of this local gem. The tour takes visitors through the middle of the cave where an abundance of boxwork, a honeycomb-like calcite formation, lines the interior walls. This 2/3-mile tour has roughly about 300 stairs heading downward, and lasts about 1 hour and 25 minutes.
With the widest array of features and most stairs of any tour at Wind Cave, this 1.5-hour journey takes visitors through both the middle and upper levels of wind cave. For those eager to see the popcorn and frostwork, the upper levels and larger rooms of the cave are filled with both. There are roughly 450 stairs in total on this 2/3-mile route with one flight of steps going up.
Visitors, on this popular tour, can discover the cave as the early explorers would have, and that is, by candlelight. With a wide array of features and the most stairs of any tour, visitors will have the opportunity to explore the less developed, unlighted section of the cave, and with only a candle bucket. Due to the nature of the tour it’s limited to 10 people at a time.
Considered the most strenuous, visitors will be crawling for most of this 4-hour tour. Exploring the cave away from the developed man-made areas; guests will be introduced to basic, safe caving. The park provides hard hats, lights, and kneepads, but additional clothing requirements and important information should be understood before tackling this tour.