WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, SD – Wind Cave National Park will be offering free tours on Saturday, September 24, as part of National Public Lands Day. Additionally, Wind Cave will also host a volunteer project for a special day of service and celebration.
“We will be part of the more than 2,200 sites across the country with people beautifying the land, improving their fitness, and enjoying the outdoors,” said Wind Cave National Park Superintendent Vidal Dávila. “National Public Lands Day is a day to celebrate our public lands. We hope to see you here.”
The Friends of Wind Cave National Park will be working on a vegetation project involving exotic plant removal. People interested in helping are encouraged to meet at the park visitor center at 8:30 a.m. dressed for the weather with work gloves and water. The work project ends around noon. Group size is limited to 20 people.
Anyone interested in free tours of Wind Cave are encouraged to arrive early. All tours begin at the visitor centers, and cave tour tickets will be issued on a first come, first served basis. This event can be extremely popular resulting in long wait times and possible “sold out” tours.
Natural Entrance Tours beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing throughout the day until 4:30 p.m. will be offered. These hour and fifteen-minute tours are moderately strenuous and include 300 stairs. The cave’s temperature is 54 ºF. A light coat or sweater and sturdy walking shoes are recommended.
National Public Lands Day is a time to celebrate the heritage sites of the United States. All visitors are encouraged to explore these natural and cultural treasures and take the time to learn the significance behind each location. For more information, contact Wind Cave at 605-745-4600.