Rankin Ridge Nature Trail

  • View along the Rankin Ridge Nature Trail in Wind Cave National Park.
  • Mule Deer in the sunset in Wind Cave National Park.
  • Pronghorn in Wind Cave National Park.
  • Hairy Nightshade wildflower in Wind Cave National Park.


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South Dakota

Rankin Ridge Nature Trail is an easy kid friendly hike in Wind Cave National Park that is perfect for the whole family to get out of the car and stretch their legs. The park says the "trail is a loop beginning and ending at the parking lot at Rankin Ridge. There are 14 interpretive stops placed at irregular intervals along the path. The fire tower itself is closed to public access, but the trail provides great panoramic views of the Black Hills." 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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