National Parks in South Dakota

by Katlyn Richter on March 21, 2013 · 2 comments

South Dakota is home to six National Park Service (NPS) units. Despite federal sequestration, visitors should know that our national parks in South Dakota are ready to welcome them this summer. Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Badlands National Park, Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, and Missouri National Recreational River are open for business!

Wind Cave National Park

South Dakota is fortunate and proud to be home to these great parks in the Mount Rushmore State. We certainly encourage you to visit their webpages at for more information before your visit to confirm hours and educational programming.

As of today, here is the status of the National Parks in South Dakota:

Mount Rushmore National Memorial: Operating normally. Visit their website for information on programming.

Badlands National Park: The Ben Reifel and White River Visitor Centers will remain open as normal. Cedar Pass Lodge, operated by Forever Resorts, LCC, will open on April 12. Check their website for ranger program information.

Wind Cave National Park: Visitor center hours will be slightly reduced from June 9-August 10. Elk Mountain Campground will be closed for the summer. Visit their website for information on visitor hours, cave tours, etc.

Jewel Cave National Monument: Some minor changes to some visitor services, but otherwise operating normally. Additionally, the visitor center will be displaying new exhibits for the summer. Visit their website for information on visitor hours, cave tours, etc.

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site: Some slightly reduced services, but barely noticeable. Visit their website for information.

Missouri National Recreational River: Slightly reduced hours at the visitor center. Check their website for information on visitor center hours.

South Dakota looks forward to making your family feel welcome in our great state filled with Great Faces and Great Places.

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