Historic Trail and Cave Entrance

From old ranger station HS-1 to old cave entrance, Jewel Cave NM, Custer, South Dakota



The Wind Cave National Park road system reflects the combined efforts of the National Park Service, the South Dakota State Highway Commission, and the Bureau of Public Roads to provide vehicular access to the scenic attractions of the Black Hills. While the park was originally known for its cave system and initial road construction was directed toward the main cave entrance, subsequent road projects facilitated efforts to develop the park's potential as a nature reserve encompassing diverse aspects of the prairie ecosystem. Wind Cave National Park roads and bridges represent a typical National Park Service approach to road construction techniques and features. -- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER SD-55)

National Register information 

Note: The following information comes from the NRHP database and has not been verified.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 19, 1995
Reference number
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Rustic
Areas of significance
Landscape Architecture; Politics/Government; Conservation
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; A - Event
Property type
Historic functions
Pedestrian related; Outdoor recreation
Current functions
Pedestrian related; Outdoor recreation
Period of significance
Significant year
Number of properties
Contributing structures: 2