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Jun 22, 2019 - Wind Cave National Park

There are between 350 and 500 Bison here in the park. Wikipedia Wind Cave National Park

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Aug 16, 2017 - Windcave NP

Off to Wind Cave today but first two quick stops. First to a deactivated Minuteman II site. First picture is what it looks like from the top. Not much to see as it is hidden very well. The treaty with Russia had us destroy all 450 of our minuteman II missiles. Not to worry. We still have 450 Minuteman III missiles. We next stopped in to see Crazy Horse. What a great monument to all the native Americans in the country. Very big in scope and they are constructing it only with donations. Next off to Wind Cave where we took the 1 1/2 hour...

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Jun 6, 2016 - Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota

Today we head to Wind Cave National Park. We take Route 385 for twenty-five minutes. This is not the speed we want to be traveling at but it gets us to the park. There are three tours. The long tour is beyond us. The middle tour we took before. The short tour is too long of a wait. We watch the video. We will explore Wind Cave National Park from above ground. The park has one of the largest buffalo herds in America. We create our own buffalo safari. We stop first at the prairie dog town. Of course, we see prairie dogs all day. They are like...

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Sep 5, 2015 - Wind Cave N.P.

About Wind Cave National Park Wind Cave became a National Park in 1903, the 8th to be created. Originally the park was created to protect just the cave but over time scientists realized that activities on the land above the cave could impact the cave's health. At the same time the area's large mammals and their prairie habitats were being eliminated as settlers moved west. Wind Cave National Park was in a geographically interesting mid-continental location -- an ecotone -- where eastern and western species converged, hosting a very diverse...

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Sep 5, 2015 - A cool place after a hot hike

Exploring along the route to Wind Cave N.P. Saturday, Sept 5: Custer S.P. to Wind Cave N.P. and back Weather: ~60F, cool and calm, warming to ~90F, partially sunny and calm Route: US-16 → Playhouse Rd. → US-87S → US-385S Trip Average Gas Mileage: 28.8mpg Highlights: - seeing Crazy Horse and Mt. Rushmore carvings from the Coolidge Fire Tower - hiking the Wind Canyon Trail and part of the Highland Creek Trail - seeing the boxwork formations in Wind Cave - spotting pronghorn and feral burros along the winding Wildlife Loop Road -...

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Sep 18, 2014 - Animals and a Cave

Our agenda today, after the requisite chores are done, is to go on a buffalo hunt through Custer State Park. After following the park's Wildlife Loop we intend to pop out on Highway 87 and continue on to Wind Cave National Park Custer State Park is known as a premier destination for those of us interested in wildlife, hiking or just scenic beauty. It has a variety of family oriented programs including "Hook'em and Cook'em" fishing, guided nature walks, habitat games, canoeing basics (I would like this!) and geocaching. It also has special...

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Jul 21, 2014 - Wind Cave N.P.

We had another awesome day exploring Wind Cave National Park. Hidden beneath the rolling prairie of the southern Black Hills is one of the world’s longest caves. When you arrive, all you see is the Visitor Center, the cave is hidden below. The drive to the cave was incredible, we saw swaying prairie grasses, forested hillsides, and an array of wildlife such as bison, elk, and another prairie dog village. Wind Cave is one of our country’s oldest national parks and one of its few remaining intact prairies. Secreted beneath is one of the...

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Jun 7, 2012 - Wind Cave National Park

On the way down to Wind Cave National Park this morning, we decided to take the "scenic" route. It was pretty windy roads, and took a while, but was beautiful, too. We drove through a lot of Black Hills forest area, including Custer State Park, before getting into the Wind Cave National Park lands. We were really upset to discover, after following a major US highway, that we were going to be charged a $15 access fee because we had driven through a portion of the State Park!! I guess states are trying to make money any way they can! While...

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Oct 27, 2011 - Wind Cave

Oct 27 We woke up to ice this morning, it was 14 degrees in Wall. Had breakfast and headed to Wind Cave. As we climbed higher and higher the ice and snow got heavier. Saw several small herds of deer and then one of Pronghorn Antelope. Saw lots of bison poop, but no bison and all the Prairie Dogs were snug in their holes. Got to Wind Cave just in time for the 1st tour, Mike did not want to go so there were only 2 of us plus the ranger. It was actually warmer in the cave (53 degrees) than outside (47 degrees). 95% of the boxwork cave...

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May 31, 2011 - Ellsworth AFB - Wind Cave National Park

The rains have decided to take a break and this morning was positively gorgeous for us to take a visit to another National Park (NP). This one is located in the Black Hills region; Wind Cave National Park. We got underway shortly after 9:30 and opted to take the route that would take us through Custer State Park, one of our very favorites from our previous visit here. We wanted to see if it was as beautiful as we remembered. And yes, it certainly was everything and more than we recalled. As we proceeded through the park, there he was –...

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Oct 6, 2010 - Wind Cave National Park

I spent the afternoon at Wind Cave NP. I arrived too late to take the cave tour, in fact I never even found the Cave. I did drive through the park and attempted to hike the Wind Cave Canyon trail, 3.6 miles. I only hiked a little less than 3 miles due to the trail being block by a Buffalo Bull. How do you get a BB to move, I must have missed that class in college? Lots of wildlife sightings, especially late afternoon as the animals were out in numbers. They should rename the park, prairie dog town, they were everywhere. I have read about...

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Jul 12, 2010 - Wind Cave National Park

Well, it is our first day off in awhile so we decided to tour Wind Cave National Park. Wind Cave is 10 miles north of the town of Hot Springs. It was the first cave to be designated a National Park and the 7th US National Park. It was established in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt. 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. We got our tickets and couldn't visit the cave until 4 PM so we took a drive around...

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