A team of cavers recently completed a survey of a 594 foot area inside Wind Cave National Park. Wind Cave is one of the top ten largest caves in the world, and experts estimate that perhaps only a tenth of it has been properly explored. People have been exploring and surveying Wind Cave since a series of 1950s surveys conducted by the National Speleological Society and the South Dakota School of Mines in collaboration with the Colorado Grotto. These surveys are important to the planning of efforts to protect the cave.
- The number of surveyed passages in Wind Cave National park has increased to 150 miles after cave explorers from Colorado recently surveyed 594 feet.
- Cave superintendent, Vidal Davilla, has words of appreciation to all the explorers who have surveyed the Wind Cave because they help us to know what it contains.
- On an annual basis, about two miles are explored each year and it is estimated that over 3,000 leads or unexplored openings remains to be discovered.
“Modern day exploration of Wind Cave began in the 1950s with groups from the South Dakota School of Mines, the Colorado Grotto and the National Speleological Society.”