Highland and Centennial Trails
When to Go: May to October
Round-Trip: 7.3 Miles
Level: Moderate Day Hike
Wind Cave is better known for what’s found underground than what's above it—28,000 acres of great plains. This is why you’ll probably have this unsung hike, one of the best in the National Park System, to yourself. The trails traverse mixed-grass prairie with soul-stirring long-distance views before rising into a solitary ponderosa pine forest. Silhouetted against those vistas are likely to be elk, bison, pronghorn, or mule deer.
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