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2.8 miles

Trail Type

Out & Back

Trail Difficulty


Δ Elevation (FT)


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Cold Brook Canyon Trail

South Dakota

  • Prairie Dog barking in Wind Cave National Park.
  • White Prairie Aster in Wind Cave National Park.

Activities & Features


Cold Brook Canyon Trail is a kid friendly easy hike in Wind Cave National Park that winds through wonderful scenery. The park says "the trail begins on the west side of Hwy 385 two miles south of the visitor center. This mildly strenuous trail traverses across a former prairie dog town, along the edge of a prescribed fire and through Cold Brook Canyon to the park boundary fence. Because of the Myrtle Fire in 2012 and the lack of vegetation within that area, flash flooding may occur in Cold Brook Canyon. Always be aware of the weather and move uphill if flooding occurs." Elk Mountain Campground in Wind Cave National Park is open year-round on a first come first serve basis and is the only campground in the park.

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Entrance Free, Cave Tour and Camping Fees
Contact: Wind Cave National Park 26611 US Highway 385 Hot Springs, SD 57747

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