My appreciation for caves has been documented here before. And, as you might recall, I prefer my nature with a side of clean bathrooms and a cafe. Luckily in western South Dakota there is lots of nature, most of which has decent bathrooms. One such place is Wind Cave, a deep, dark, cave that has pretty, pretty land above it.
However, true facts: to start the cave tour (which had a truly exceptional guide– the guide really does make all the difference) we took an elevator 200-feet down, which may or may not have triggered a bit of claustrophobia and anxiety at the beginning. Not great. But when there’s boxwork (again with the appreciating geology, I mean when does that happen??) like in Wind Cave, it’s TOTALLY worth it! National Parks win again! Next time I’m going to make sure to see Jewel Cave too!