Wind Cave National Park: Virtual Spelunking

2009_0730(005)Welcome back to National Parks and other public lands with T!  (And happy National Bison Day!)

Three-minute Overview of Wind Cave National Park courtesy of GoTraveler»

This brief, professionally narrated video provides a nice overview of the discovery of Wind Cave in 1881, the prairie above and the cave below. Wind Cave National Park protects a 149-mile long cave that runs under the South Dakota prairie and was the first cave to be designated a National Park.

Take a Tour of Wind Cave with Ranger Mike courtesy of Black Hills and Badlands»

After a brief commercial for cinnamon buns, descend into Wind Cave with a park ranger. Ranger Mike explains how the cave got its name and how its distinctive formations called boxwork were formed.

Location: 26611 US-385, Hot Springs, SD 57747

Designation: National Park

Date designated or established: January 9, 1903

Date of my visit: 7/30/2009