Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave National Park

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Park Details

Wind Cave National Park was established on January 9, 1903, and has a total area of 33,971 acres (53 square miles, or 138 square kilometers).

Address 26611 US Highway 385, Hot Springs, SD, 57747
Phone605 745-4600
HoursThe park is open all day, every day for you to explore. Winter may close roads.
Entrance FeeEntrance is free, but Cave tours $7-$45 per person
Learn MoreOfficial Website

When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation

Wind Cave National Park is the 95th most visited park in the country.

We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Wind Cave National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Wind Cave National Park is.

Our data shows the best months to visit Wind Cave National Park are October, May, June & September.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Park Visits14,84010,83616,43043,24177,241121,608154,509119,27189,46831,65716,37413,527
Precipitation132137678665484041371912
Avg Temp384049597081898877624738
Max Temp5356677887961009792806553
Avg Temp212329384858666454412921
Min Temp04102131445452352291
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

Wind Cave National Park Road Trips

Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Wind Cave National Park is visited.

Trip NameTrip MilesTrip Days
Devils Tower, Wind Cave, Mt. Rushmore to Badlands4447

Other Nearby National Park Sites

From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Wind Cave National Park.

NameDistance
Jewel Cave National Monument21 mi
Mount Rushmore National Memorial22 mi
Badlands National Park51 mi
Agate Fossil Beds National Monument80 mi
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site81 mi
Devils Tower National Monument94 mi
Fort Laramie National Historic Site107 mi
Scotts Bluff National Monument119 mi
Niobrara National Scenic River166 mi
Theodore Roosevelt National Park235 mi

Nearby Campsites & RV Parks

If you are looking to pitch a tent or park an RV at a campsite near Wind Cave National Park, here is a list of the closest campsites in the surrounding area. They all have slightly different amenitites, so its best to check them all out instead of just chosing the first on the list.

NameDetailsMiles Away
Elk Mountain - Wind Cave National ParkHot Springs, SD more 1 miles
Rifle PitCuster, SD more 4 miles
CottonwoodHot Springs, SD more 9 miles
Blue Bell - Custer State ParkCuster, SD more 11 miles
Legion Lake - Custer State ParkCuster, SD more 14 miles
Game Lodge - Custer State ParkCuster, SD more 15 miles
Stockade Lake N - Custer State ParkSD more 15 miles
Stockade Lake S - Custer State ParkVictoria, SD more 15 miles
Angostura State Rec AreaHot Springs, SD more 15 miles
Bismarck LakeCuster, SD more 15 miles

Nearest Ski Resorts

For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Wind Cave National Park:

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Ski MysticHill City, SD6,850 ft32%37 mi
Terry PeakLead, SD7,100 ft39%56 mi

Nearest Airports

When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Wind Cave National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.

Large Airports

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Wind Cave National Park.

NameCodeCityDistance
Denver International AirportDENDenver, CO262 mi
Medium Airports

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Wind Cave National Park.

NameCodeCityDistance
Rapid City Regional AirportRAPRapid City, SD40 mi
Gillette Campbell County AirportGCCGillette, WY116 mi
Western Neb. Rgnl/William B. Heilig AirportBFFScottsbluff, NE116 mi
Casper-Natrona County International AirportCPRCasper, WY157 mi
Pierre Regional AirportPIRPierre, SD169 mi
Cheyenne Regional Jerry Olson FieldCYSCheyenne, WY179 mi
Laramie Regional AirportLARLaramie, WY191 mi

Credits: Campground data provided by USCampgrounds.info. Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from OurAirports.com. Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.