Explore Wind and Jewel Caves Like Never Before!
Explore 83 fully illuminated or naturally lit 360 degree panoramic views of Wind Cave and Jewel Cave, including areas on the surface and underground that are not handicapped accessible. See 3D cave maps, interpretive text, zoom links, glossary items, and bonus features.
Includes Areas Closed to the Public!
Explore sites in Jewel Cave and Wind Cave that are not on any tours...and are very difficult to reach!
Pan and zoom to explore each panorama! Travel through the park and surrounding areas using the interactive maps and images on this Virtual Tour! Plays on your computer. Mac and PC compatible.
360 Degrees of Wind Cave and
Jewel Cave National Park makes these distant or
difficult-to-access locations accessible to teachers, students,
and park service personnel. The interpretive program makes
it possible to explore and learn about sites that people want
to visit but cannot, either due to distance, weather, lack
of accessibility, or simply because some sites are always
closed to the public. However, if you have had the pleasure
of visiting the National Park in person, the 360 Degree
Virtual Tour is a terrific way to share your experience
with friends and family. We help you take nature home!
Cave National Park:
One of the world's longest and most complex caves, 28,295
acres of mixed-grass prairie, ponderosa pine forest, and wildlife
are the main features of the park. The cave is known for its
outstanding display of boxwork, an unusual cave formation
composed of thin calcite fins resembling honeycombs. The park's
mixed-grass prairie is one of the few remaining, and is home
to bison, elk, pronghorn, mule deer, coyotes, and prairie
dogs. For directions, maps and other information about Wind
Cave National Park and the surrounding area, visit the website
Cave National Monument:
At 139 miles, Jewel Cave is the second longest cave in the
world. It is filled with calcite crystals and other wonders
that make up the "jewels" of Jewel Cave National
Monument. As of June, 2007, the length of Jewel Cave is 139.32
miles. For directions, maps and other information about Jewel
Cave National Monument and the surrounding area, visit the
Hills Parks & Forests Association:
The Black Hills Parks and Forests Association cooperates with
state and federal partner agencies in promoting public understanding,
appreciation, and stewardship of the Black Hills’ natural
and cultural heritage. To learn more, visit the website at:
NPS Staff Photographers:
Thanks to Rene Ohms, Marc Ohms, and Jason Walz.
NPS Staff and Volunteer Lighting Assistants:
Thanks to Andy Armstrong, Bonny Armstrong, Sue Bennett,
Lee-Gray Boze, Allen Epps, Autumn Ela, Tom Farrell, Tonia
Foster, Rod Horrocks, Bill Koncerak, Cheryl Mayer, Erin Niedringhaus,
Marc Ohms, Rene Ohms, Tim Sauder, Larry Shaffer, Nick Smith,
Daryl Stisser, Shawn Thomas, Jason Walz and Eric Zimmer.
Interpretive Text and Additional Images:
Thanks to Tom Farrell, Rod Horrocks, Rene Ohms, Darren
Ressler, Ken Steinken and Mike Wiles for compiling the interpretive
text for each panorama. Additional glossary item images provided
by: Roger Harris, Derrick Marohn, David Schnute, Jason Walz
and Derek Wolfe.
This project would not have been possible without
the assistance of National Park Service staff members Tom
Farrell, Rod Horrocks, Linda Stoll, Todd Suess, and Mike Wiles.
Thanks also to Steve Baldwin at the Black Hills Parks &
Forest Association for his help and support. Finally, thanks
to John and Pat Scheltens.