Wind Cave Campground To Partially Reopen Monday

WIND CAVE NP – Wind Cave National Park is reopening Loops A and and B in the Elk Mountain Campground on Monday, but the visitor center and the other 2 loops in the campground will remain closed under coronavirus guidelines.

Cave tours haven’t been offered since last summer when the elevators to the cavern went out of service. A repair contract was recently awarded to Elevator Repair Service Inc of Houston, Texas, with a completion date of September.

Acting Wind Cave Superintendent Michelle Wheatley says the park is using a phased approach to fully reopening with Monday’s partial opening of the campground offering more services while still complying with current public health guidelines.

Wheatley says “the health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners remains our number one priority (and) we’ll continue working with the National Park Service Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to safeguard areas used by the public and employees.”

Besides camping, other activities currently available at Wind Cave include 30 miles of hiking trails, wildlife viewing, and scenic drives through a ponderosa pine and mixed-grass prairie environment.

Wheatley says visitors can also enjoy the park from the comforts of home on Facebook or Instagram or its website. Each Friday, The park posts a new Facebook video every Friday with topics so far including in-depth looks at wildlife and geology as well as tips on visiting in person.