On 03 Jan 1903, PresidentTheodore Rooseveltsigned the bill creating Wind Cave National Park. It was the seventh national park and the first one created to protect a cave. The parklands at that time were small and there were no bison, elk, or pronghorn. They came later as the park boundaries expanded.
Size and Visitation of Wind Cave National Park
Gross Area Acreage = 28,295
Wind Cave National Park is open year round with visitation the highest in June, July and August and lowest in December, January and February.
The visitor center, including two exhibit rooms and restrooms, is accessible.
Campground restrooms and one campsite are accessible.
Limited areas of the cave are accessible to wheelchairs.
Elk Mountain Campground, with 75 campsites, is located one mile from the visitor center. Other camping is available throughout the area in federal, state and private campgrounds.
There is no park entrance fee.
Food and Supplies
A vending area offers limited snacks and beverages from 01 May through October. Restaurants and grocery stores are located in nearby Hot Springs and Custer, South Dakota. Custer State Park offers restaurants and mini-markets for camper supplies in season.