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COVID-19 STATUS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

PARK FULLY OPEN

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas Social Distancing Required
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COVID-19 STATUS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

PARK FULLY OPEN

If you believe this information is incorrect or needs updating, please let us know here.
So what does "Park Fully Open" mean?

According to the U.S. National Park Service, Wind Cave National Park is currently fully open. This means all operations are back to normal. This can mean there are still restrictions on social distancing, travel and/or masks. Visit the source link below for more detailed information regarding this park's status.

What we know:

The below source link has more information about the status of the park. The National Park Service requires everyone at this park, regardless of vaccination status, to continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces, such as narrow/busy trails, overlooks, visitor center patios, & other congested areas.

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas

Wind Cave National Park is currently requiring masks or face coverings in certain or all areas. Depending on your vaccination status, if you are not fully vaccinated (meaning two weeks after your final vaccination), and according to CDC guidelines, which currently depends on the COVID-19 transmissibility rate in the community in and around the park. Most parks requiring masks indoors have put an alert out (found below in the Alerts section). Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of South Dakota and the local community for more detailed information.

Social Distancing Required

Wind Cave National Park is currently requiring everyone to social distance, 6 feet or more, from others. This usually means outside of your immediate group. Some parks may also have size restrictions on gatherings to help assist in social distancing. Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of South Dakota and the local community for more detailed information.

Last Updated: August 30, 2021
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Wind Cave National Park News

Showing the last 10 news releases. Click here to visit nps.gov's Wind Cave National Park - News section for more.

  • Free tours at Wind Cave National Park September 25 in celebration of National Public Lands Day

    September 16, 2021 | 4:44 pm

    Wind Cave National Park will be offering free tours on Saturday, September 25, as part of National Public Lands Day.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Elk bugling programs offered this fall at Wind Cave National Park

    September 9, 2021 | 2:09 pm

    Rangers at Wind Cave National Park will be leading programs mid-September through early October to listen for the bugle of the Rocky Mountain elk. The elk’s high-pitched whistle heralds the arrival of fall and the elk’s mating season.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Free Tours at Wind Cave on Founder’s Day, August 25th

    August 20, 2021 | 3:47 pm

    Wind Cave National Park will offer free tours on August 25, Founders Day, the 105th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Jewel Cave National Monument and Wind Cave National Park propose fee increase for cave tours and camping next year

    July 30, 2021 | 6:08 pm

    Jewel Cave National Monument and Wind Cave National Park are seeking comments until September 7 on a proposal that would raise cave tour and camping fees beginning next year.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • New Jersey family marks seven million visitors through Wind Cave

    July 16, 2021 | 2:29 pm

    Amos and Leah Gibello and their four children stepped into Wind Cave National Park history when they stopped at the cave July 14. Someone in the family was the seven-millionth visitor to tour Wind Cave since it became a national park 118 years ago.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Plan Like a Park Ranger before visiting Wind Cave National Park

    June 11, 2021 | 9:35 am

    Visitation to national parks is ramping up for the summer, and rangers at Wind Cave National Park encourage visitors to Plan Like a Park Ranger. Follow these tips for an enjoyable and safe visit!

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Celebrate National Park Week at Wind Cave with free tours and a bird box building program

    April 8, 2021 | 3:06 pm

    Wind Cave National Park is celebrating National Park Week, April 17 – 25, with free tours and an opportunity to build a home for bluebirds.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Wind Cave National Park resumes cave tours

    March 19, 2021 | 12:20 pm

    Tours of Wind Cave will resume March 20 after a long closure due to extensive repair work on the elevators and the pandemic.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • White-nose syndrome found in Wind Cave

    March 5, 2021 | 12:14 pm

    White-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease that kills hibernating bats, has been confirmed in Wind Cave. Samples recently sent in for testing revealed 2 confirmed cases of the disease and 5 probable.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Grass fire contained at Wind Cave National Park

    January 13, 2021 | 2:13 pm

    Local personnel from the National Park Service and South Dakota Wildland Fire responded to a grass fire in Wind Cave National Park at 3:13 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12.

    Read more at nps.gov