Open House Today At Wind Cave National Park

WIND CAVE N.P – Wind Cave National Park kicks off its Christmas celebration today (Dec 12) with its annual Open House, running from 1-3:00 in the Visitor Center.

Park Chief of Interpretation Tom Farrell says the highlight will once again be the visit of the 3rd graders from Hot Springs Elementary who will sing and decorate the visitor center Christmas tree.

There will be light refreshments and the public will be able to view park exhibits and browse through the park store operated by the Black Hills Parks and Forests Association.

One thing missing from the Open House this year is the chance to take a tour of the cave. That’s because the elevators from the Visitor Center to the cave remain out of service awaiting equipment repairs and upgrades. The elevators have been closed now for 5 months.

Another holiday tradition comes up this Sunday (Dec 15), the 24th Annual Wind Cave Christmas Bird Count. Those wishing to participate will gather at the Visitor Center by 7:30 am for assignment to various areas of the park. They’ll return in the afternoon for a 4:15 potluck supper.

Wind Cave Superintendent Vidal Davila, who is retiring at the end of the month, says the park as always appreciates the chance the two events offer to reconnect with its neighbors.

The Wind Cave Visitor Center will be closed both Christmas and New Year’s Day to allow staff the chance to celebrate the holidays with their families.


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