Caves and caverns are amazing, beautiful and quite impressive. And I have had the pleasure of visiting all sizes and depths across the country, including Carlsbad Caverns. Despite all these grand experiences, I have managed to become less interested in exploring caves and caverns.
Why bring this up? Because I skipped going underground at Wind Cave National Park, and every other national park unit to follow. Perhaps this is permanent. Or, more than likely, my camera and I will find ourselves in a cave again… one day.
Either way, the caves are listed below because they still hold a spot on my top five list while visiting the park.
Top Five Hikes + Places to Explore
- Cave Tours – all tours are guided by rangers and vary from easy, moderate to strenuous.
- Centennial Trail – part of a 111 mile trail through the Black Hills, this 6 mile portion goes through prairies, forests and along Beaver Creek.
- Cold Brook Canyon Trail – this mildly strenuous 1.4 mile trail explores a former prairie dog town and Cold Brook Canyon.
- East Bison Flats Trail – another mildly strenuous 3.7 mile trail along the rolling prairie hills.
- Rankin Ridge Trail – a one mile trail to the highest view in the park.
Tell me all about your favorite hikes and places to explore in the comments below!