Whether you enjoy just viewing wildlife or capturing them with a camera, you can’t miss this time of year in Wind Cave National Park in the southern Black Hills. Preparing for the upcoming winter has all the animals out foraging and not worrying so much about people and vehicles.
All of these photos were taken within Wind Cave National Park and all from within a vehicle. Although a telephoto lens really helps, these critters were mostly pretty close to the car as it was.
Elk can be most often found near Rankin Ridge or on the park’s gravel backcountry roads. Prairie dog towns are scattered throughout the park as are the buffalo. Deer are a common site along all park roads. Also keep an eye out for coyotes, magpies, eagles and vultures.
Don’t forget to click on the photos for a larger version.