Wind Cave National Park Facilities

Wind Cave Visitor Center

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The park is opened year-round. The visitor center is opened daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Days. All cave tours are ranger-guided and leave from the visitor center. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. During the summer months long waits may be encountered. To avoid waits, the best time to visit the cave is during the early hours of the day. During the summer weekends are good times to visit; Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the busiest days. For more indepth information about the programs offered at Wind Cave National Park please see Program and Tour Schedule . Tour schedules are subject to change. Please call 605-745-4600 to confirm tour times. Programs are subject to cancellation during severe weather. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the 13 in 2013 when more than 2,000 , national forests, national wildlife refuges, and other federal lands will offer free admittance to everyone. "Our national parks, wildlife refuges, forests and other public lands offer every American a place to get outdoors, learn about our nation's history and culture, and restore our spirits," Salazar said. "By providing free admission, we are rolling out the welcome mat for Americans to visit and enjoy these extraordinary treasures that belong to all of us." Tourism and outdoor recreation tied to public lands are powerful economic engines in communities across the country. Recreation on federal lands provided 440,000 jobs and contributed $55 billion to the economy in 2009. Each year, over 280 million national park visitors pump $31 billion into local economies, supporting 258,000 jobs. "We have a fantastic network of public lands that provides world class recreational opportunities, showcases our nation's rich and diverse history, and features some of the most incredible scenery around," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "The fee free days will give both first time and repeat visitors a good reason to spend time exploring these remarkable places." The in 2013 include: April 22 - 26 - five days during National Park Week August 25 - National Park Service Birthday September 28 - National Public Lands Day November 9-11 - Veterans Day Weekend Click here for a full list of dates and participating agencies. The fee waiver does not cover expanded amenity or user fees for things such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours. Additionally, active duty military members and their dependents are eligible for a that provides entrance to lands managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Forest Service. The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Program also offers a free lifetime pass for people with disabilities, a $10 lifetime senior pass for those age 62 and over, and an $80 annual pass for the general public Holders of the Senior (Golden Age)/Access Passes are eligible for half price tickets for the cardholder only. The America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass does not waive Expanded Amenity Fees such as cave tours. For more indepth information about the programs offered at Wind Cave National Park please see Program and Tour Schedule . October 14, 2012 - April 20, 2013 - all schedules are subject to change Visitor Center 8:00 am - 4:30 pm every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Days Cave Tours at 10:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm April 21, 2013 - May 4, 2013 (Subject to change) Visitor Center 8:00 am - 5:00 pm daily Cave Tours at 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm May 5 - May 24, 2013 (Subject to change) Visitor Center 8:00 am - 5:00pm Natural Entrance Cave Tours - 9:00, 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 4:30 Memorial Day Weekend (Subject to change) Visitor Center 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Cave tours offered every 30 to 40 minutes, last cave tour - 5:00 pm May 28 - June 8, 2013 (Subject to change) Visitor Center 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Cave tours offered every hour, last cave tour - 5:00 pm Main Summer Schedule, June 9 - August 10, 2013 (Subject to change) Visitor Center 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Cave tours offered every 20 to 30 minutes, last cave tour - 5:30 pm See Program Schedule for specific times and specialty cave tours offered at this time. August 11 - September 2, 2013 (Subject to change) Visitor Center 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Cave tours offered every 20 to 40 minutes, last cave tour 5:00 pm See Program Schedule for specific times and specialty cave tours offered at this time. Post Labor Day - Late September 2013 (Schedules are subject to change) Visitor Center 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Natural Entrance Cave Tours 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:30 pm Late September - Mid October 2013 Visitor Center 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Natural Entrance Cave Tour offered 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 1;30 pm, and 3:30 pm Tour schedules are subject to change. Please call 605-745-4600 to confirm tour times. Programs are subject to cancellation during severe weather.

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