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Come Explore the Wonder of Wind Cave National Park

October 12, 2011, 9:27 am
By: Heather Crowley South Dakota’s Black Hills region draws in millions of tourists every single year. Desiring to experience the best the state has to offer, a common loop involves a few distinct parks. While planning their vacations, many map out a trek to the famed Mount Rushmore, stunning Badlands ...

Oh, Ranger! Guide to the Black Hills, Badlands & Mount Rushmore

September 2, 2011, 9:12 am
Our little, green Oh, Ranger! guide to the Black Hills, Badlands & Mount Rushmore highlights many of the stunning sites and adventures that await in Western South Dakota. The region is home to one of most famous monuments in the country. Mount Rushmore depicts four prominent Presidents in America’s history. ...

'Friends of Wind Cave' formed to promote national park

June 15, 2011, 9:17 am
Wind Cave National Park is getting some new “Friends.” The newly formed Friends of Wind Cave group will help support and promote Wind Cave National Park and will serve as citizen advocates for the park as well as reinforce the bond between the park and local community. The cave, which is ...

Follow the herds :Travelers can watch beasts roam in Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, Kansas

November 30, 2009, 7:55 am
 It was sunrise on a bitterly cold September morning, but gray clouds obscured the sun. Snow blanketed the ground and the road was a sheet of ice. I struggled to keep the rental car on the park road.Suddenly, the road was blocked. I was surrounded by buffaloes. They were ...

Visitor Center renovation begins at Wind Cave National Park

November 23, 2009, 6:26 am
Work has begun on a $1.4 million renovation project in the Wind Cave National Park Visitor Center.  The project will replace the building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning, telephone and computer network systems. A fire sprinkler system also will be installed. Money from cave tour receipts is funding the project, according to park superintendent Vidal ...

Wind Cave National Park bison arrive in Mexico

November 18, 2009, 6:48 am
Twenty-three bison from Wind Cave National Park recently arrived at their new home in northern Mexico. El Uno Ecological Reserve, a 46,000 acre reserve managed by The Nature Conservancy - Mexico, is the herd's new home. The reserve is in the northern Janos Valley in the State of Chihuahua. The bison ...

Herd of wild bison being moved from South Dakota to Kansas’ Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

October 21, 2009, 7:04 am
Leaders of a national park in the Kansas Flint Hills are close to completing a project to obtain a herd of wild bison for visitors of the park to see.A team from the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Strong City this week is observing a buffalo roundup on the ...

Biologists fight to save rare bison bloodlines

October 12, 2009, 8:42 am
The fence between Custer State Park and Wind Cave National Park has dutifully separated neighboring bison herds for decades.But the fence, made of nondescript woven wire, has taken on new importance with a recent scientific discovery involving the pedigree of the Wind Cave herd.Blood tests indicate that the buffalo ...

Photographer captures enduring beauty of Great Plains

October 12, 2009, 7:40 am
Glancing at the images in "Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild" by Michael Forsberg produces "wow" moments.Spend more time with the 260-page volume and it becomes clear "Great Plains" is more than just pretty pictures -- it's journalism."I'm not going to sit here and tell you what to think," he ...

Plans underway for prescribed burn at Windcave National Park

August 31, 2009, 7:38 am
WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK– Crews at Wind Cave National Park are making preparations for a prescribed burn on 617 acres within the park sometime this fall.The park in southwest South Dakota has been intentionally burning some areas each year to replicate natural fires that remove dead vegetation, rejuvenate the ...

Visitation up, Accidents down at WCNP

January 15, 2009, 8:30 am
Visitation at Wind Cave National Park was up six percent in 2008, but with increased staffing and more ranger patrols there were fewer motor vehicle accidents last summer and shorter lines for ...

Wind Cave Ferrets Have Babies

October 20, 2008, 8:27 am
Wind Cave National Park officials say the reintroduction of black-footed ferrets in the park is showing signs of success a year after the rare animals were first released. Fourteen baby ferrets, called kits, were recently trapped and released during four nights of ...

Elk Bugling Programs Begin at Wind Cave National Park

September 11, 2008, 10:03 am
Listening for the bugle of the Rocky Mountain elk is the subject of ranger programs this September at Wind Cave National Park. The elk’s high-pitched whistle heralds the arrival of fall and the mating season of the Rocky Mountain elk. Throughout the month of September, rangers are giving brief interpretive ...

Elk Bugling Programs Begin At Wind Cave National Park

September 9, 2008, 2:10 pm
Fall at Wind Cave National Park is the mating season for elk. During this time, the male elk bugle, or create a high-pitched whistling sound, as they battle for dominance in the herd. Listening for the bugle of the Rocky Mountain elk is the subject of ranger programs this September ...

South Dakota's Wind Cave offers night hikes to see black-footed ferrets

July 24, 2008, 8:06 am
WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, S.D. (AP) — Visitors to Wind Cave National Park this summer have the chance to see black-footed ferrets at night. To mark the one-year anniversary of the reintroduction of the creatures to the Black Hills park, rangers are offering night hikes through prairie dog towns in ...