WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH DAKOTA
Not only does this park feature Wind Cave, with passages full of unusual and beautiful formations, the 44-square-mile landscape above ground is also home to a diverse array of wildlife. In 1903, this site became the first park in the world created to protect a cave. Eventually, Wind Cave came to be recognized as the world’s fourth largest cave. Various ranger-guided tours are offered, including one suitable for people with physical limitations. Before or after a cave tour, drive or hike in the park to look for bison, elk, pronghorn, mule deer, coyotes, and prairie dogs. The park’s approximately 450 bison move around as they graze, so their visibility will vary on the day of your visit and what area you’re hiking or driving in.