Wind Cave National Park in Hot Springs, South Dakota, is one of the oldest parks in the United States and home to all sorts of wildlife that inhabit the grasslands, including elk and bison, along with mule deer, pronghorn antelope, prairie dogs, coyotes and bobcats. It’s underneath this vast prairie land that you’ll find the hidden beauty of Wind Cave, one of the longest and most intricate cave systems in the world. Within these cave systems you can catch a glimpse of remarkable cave formations, including rare and intricate “boxwork” that can only be found in a few places on earth. You won’t find anything like Wind Cave anywhere else.
This park is full of exciting features to discover and accessible by RV, so set up your base camp and get out there. If you’re not used to the climate in the region, you may find it extreme. You can expect an average of 30 inches of snow each winter, hail and thunderstorms in the summer, and vacillation between warm and sunny to rainy and wind in the spring and fall. Just be sure that you’re completely prepared for the weather in whichever season you choose to visit. Checking the weather forecast and road conditions before heading out is never a bad idea, and can help you to know what to expect when you head out to explore Wind Cave National Park.