Wind Cave Video: One Park, Two Worlds
When we breezed through Wind Cave National Park, we knew that the cave would be the focus of the park. What we didn’t know is that there is a whole other world above ground.
Wind Cave was the seventh national park, and the first dedicated to a cave. It was clear back in the early 1900s, when on early cave tours visitors began collecting natural souvenirs, that this was a natural resource to be protected for generations.
And generations later, the cave is in pretty pristine condition. It is a dry cave, meaning typical features like stalactites and flowstone aren’t present, but it also means that not a rock has fallen in the cave in the past 80 years, and the condition is similar to those early cave tours. The feature it does have is the famous and rare “boxwork” that looks like delicate boxes poking out of the ceiling and walls. Wind Cave actually contains 95% of the boxwork known in the world’s caves.
Two hundred feet up, the condition of the rolling prairie is working on getting back to its early condition. Its healthy rolling prairie hills and abundant wildlife is making a comeback since becoming a national park. The scenery was a pleasant added bonus to the cave: after our tours, we had ample time to drive the 35-mile scenic drive, hike a couple trails, and watch the prairie dogs pop in and out of their burrows.
But enough describing this place in words. Here’s our latest video showing the sights and sounds of Wind Cave National Park.