June 9, 2012
Wind Cave is one of the world’s longest and most complex caves. Established in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, it was the seventh U.S. National Park and the first cave to be designated a national park anywhere in the world.
Inside the visitor’s center, there’s an exhibit of the history of the Wind Cave as well as some famous rock samples.
The cave is famous for its boxwork on some of the walls, an unusual calcite cave formation resembling honeycomb. The cave is currently the fifth-longest in the world with a little over 136 miles of explored cave passageways. An average of four new miles of the cave are discovered each year.
Above ground, the prairie land is home to bison, pronghorn antelope, and prairie dogs.