Wind Cave Opens Backcountry Roads, Lifting Closure Order


Wind Cave National Park. Photo: Herb Ryan Photography

December 4, 2017

WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, S.D. – Thirteen miles of backcountry roads in Wind Cave National Park closed on November 17 to protect natural and cultural resources are now open.

The park established a temporary closure affecting roads NPS 5 and NPS 6 and a portion of the park’s backcountry in order to protect sensitive natural and cultural resources. Since then, the park has implemented other protective measures that are less restrictive.

Periodic closures of backcountry roads NPS 5 and 6 remain possible throughout winter for visitor safety during hazardous road conditions.

The visitor center is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 with cave tours at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. The visitor center will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.


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