Wind Cave NP Sanctuary Trail

  • Prairie Dog in Wind Cave National Park.
  • Black-footed Ferret in Wind Cave National Park.
  • Young Coyote inspecting a Prairie Dog hole in Wind Cave National Park.
  • Snow on the Mountain Wildflower in Wind Cave National Park.

Hiking

Dogs No

7.2 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

~650 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

South Dakota

Sanctuary Trail is a moderate kid friendly hike in Wind Cave National Park that is great for wildlife watching. The park says "the trail begins on the east side of Hwy 87 about one mile north of the Rankin Ridge fire tower road. This mildly strenuous trail follows the rolling hills of the prairie, crosses a large prairie dog town and ends at the Highland Creek Trail. View the Rankin Ridge fire tower at the intersection of the Centennial Trail. This trail provided a fire break for the 2000 wildfire of 1135 acres." 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.

Red Tape

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

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