We stayed overnight in Hot Springs, South Dakota. On our way to Crazy Horse Monument we passed through Wind Caves National Park.

 

 

Wind Cave Park - Landscape 1

Wind Cave Park – Landscape 1

The early morning drive was gorgeous. Some beautiful rolling hills.

 

Wind Cave Park - Map and Sign

Wind Cave Park – Map and Sign

The park is filled with grasslands and underground caves. We only drove through the park hoping to catch a glimpse of some wildlife.

 

Wind Cave Park - Watch Your Driving - Buffalo Ahead

Wind Cave Park – Watch Your Driving – Buffalo Ahead

It wasn’t long before we came across some buffalo in the road. Drive slowly.

 

Wind Cave Park - Don't Pet the Buffalo

Wind Cave Park – Don’t Pet the Buffalo

One important rule to know. And don’t even try to pet them. Many people have been hurt trying to get too close to these magnificent animals.

 

Wind Cave Park - Buffalo Nearby Scratching Post 1

Wind Cave Park – Buffalo Nearby Scratching Post 1

It can be so tempting to try to get close to them when they get this close. This one was using the sign pillar as a scratching post.

 

Wind Cave Park - Buffalo Skirmish in the Distance

Wind Cave Park – Buffalo Skirmish in the Distance

If you watch for awhile you may even catch a scuffle between a couple of the buffalo in the distance. We heard from some locals that you don’t always get to see the buffalo. It appears that morning is a good time as they don’t like the heat too much.

 

Wind Cave Park - Prairie Dog Coming Out

Wind Cave Park – Prairie Dog Coming Out

While the buffalo are large and magnificent, there are other wildlife creatures about. This one came out to see what the fuss is all about.

 

Wind Cave Park - Landscape 2

Wind Cave Park – Landscape 2

Even without the wildlife this is some beautiful countryside to gander at.

 

 

This was a very scenic park to drive through. We will definitely spend some more time here when we return. There is a visitor center and some cave exploration available.

For more information check out these websites:

https://www.nps.gov/wica/index.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_Cave_National_Park

 

 

Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota

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