Wind Cave – South Dakota


Entrance sign | Candlelight Tour Lantern | Ponderosa pine forest


Date of Visit: July 14, 2015 & July 16, 2020

How we got there: Drove from Denver to Hot Springs, SD via Scottsbluff national Monument. About 5.5 hours.

Lodging: Smith Fargo Suites, Hot Springs (2015), Bismarck Lake Campground (2020)


  • Candlelight Cave Tour – This tour goes to an unlit section of Wind Cave. The only light comes from candle buckets carried by the guests. An additional benefit is that this tour is limited to ten people.
  • Lookout Point Trail

Tips: Make sure you have pants, long sleeves and appropriate footwear to go on the cave tours. Make reservations up to a month in advance for some tours.

Next time: Fairgrounds Cave Tour. Hike the Rankin Ridge Trail.