Wind Cave Makes List of America’s Worst National Parks

Stalactites in Wind Cave National Park.

Stalactites in Wind Cave National Park. Photo via NPS

In an unexpected move, Fox News writer Bill Fink recently named South Dakota’s Wind Cave National Park as number four in his list of the worst national park in the United States.

Citing the caves apparent lack of stalactites or stalagmites and the long boring tours, in which the park rangers are credited for producing the cave’s namesake wind with their incessant babbling, the park is described as a barren scrub land overrun with fat dirt squirrels, otherwise known as prairie dogs.

There is unfortunately no mention that the cave is currently the sixth longest in the world at 142.75 miles (229.73 kilometers) surveyed, it’s extensive boxwork formations, the amazing lakes deep underground, or the historic buildings and herd of between 250 and 400 bison on the surface.

The park made the unfortunate list along with Death Valley National Park in California and Nevada in number five spot, nearby Badlands National Park as third, Alaska’s Gates of The Arctic National Park in second and South Carolina’s Congaree National Park taking the title.

Although the 59 national parks can’t all be the best, we can only assume that the other parks on the list were unjustly named as well.

[via Fox News]

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  1. Paul
    February 25, 2015 at 11:00 am

    I’ve never been to WInd Cave, but if Fox doesn’t like it it must be good.

  2. Carol
    February 26, 2015 at 11:08 am

    The tour script is not the best, but the cave is well worth visiting. After reviewing the other parks on the list, I can only say the reporter needs to open his mind and eyes to the subtle beauty of these locations.

  3. John
    June 15, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    The cave is a dry cave which explains the lack of mineral formed stalactites or stalagmites but the unique honeycomb calcite formations are a must see. The complexity of the cave it’s self is also unique. Every cavern is different and the Wind Cave is no different. Well with the time to visit if you’re in the area.


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