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Distance

8.6 miles

Trail Type

Out & Back

Trail Difficulty

Difficult

Δ Elevation (FT)

~1000 (+)

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Wind Cave NP Highland Creek Trail

South Dakota

  • Bison in Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch in Wind Cave National Park.
  • Coyote in the prairie in Wind Cave National Park.
  • Mule Deer in Wind Cave National Park.

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Notes

Highland Creek Trail is a difficult hike in Wind Cave National Park that features a wide variety of habitats within the park and is great for wildlife viewing. The park says "the southern trail begins along the Wind Cave Canyon Trail one mile east of Hwy 385. The northern trail begins on NPS 5, 2.8 miles east of Hwy 87. This strenuous trail is the longest and the most diverse in the park. The trail traverses mixed-grass prairies, ponderosa pine forests and riparian habitats of Highland Creek, Beaver Creek and Wind Cave Canyon." 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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