09/19/2019 - Elk Bugling Program At Wind Cave Park
Rangers at Wind Cave National Park will be leading programs during the month of September to listen for the bugle of the Rocky Mountain elk. The elk’s high-pitched whistle heralds the arrival of fall and the elk’s mating season. Rangers are giving brief interpretive programs about elk before taking a short hike, or leading a caravan to a nearby pullout, to listen for them. These programs are offered Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday evenings through September 28. Participants meet at the Elk Mountain Campground Amphitheater at 7:00 pm and are encouraged to bring a flashlight, a camp chair or blanket to sit on, and to dress warmly. Park Superintendent Vidal Dávila says evening or early morning hours are best, and pullouts along Highway 87 usually have less traffic noise than those along Highway 385.
Wind Cave remains closed to tours because of elevator problems. The parts for the elevators have arrived, but it is estimated repairs will take four weeks. The park visitor center is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM through October 5. Visitor center winter hours begin October 6 and are from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. For more information, call the park at (605) 745-4600.