One of the main attractions guests should add to their bucket list when visiting Custer, SD is to visit one of America’s oldest national parks. With many things to do, there is essentially something for everyone to enjoy and make lasting memories with loved ones.
Whether it’s taking in the breathtaking views of the vast prairie lands, diving deep into discovery and exploration mode in the cave, or simply watching bisons and their newborns roam the land, our hotel close to Wind Cave National Park places guests less than a 20-minute drive away from this must-see attraction!
In 1881, brothers Jesse and Tom Bingham were drawn to the cave due to its whistling song-like winds that swept in and out of the outer rocks. These specific winds at Wind Cave are rather important and hold significant value because they played a pivotal role in the cave’s later discovery. However, the American Natives prior to the Bingham brothers were well aware of the cave, and many tribes have viewed it for centuries as sacred lands in South Dakota.
In the fall of 1881, Charlie Crary became the first reported person to have entered the cave, leaving twine as his marks of discovery throughout his journey through. This twine would later help explorers follow in Crary’s footsteps and find their way through the twisting and turning tunnels of Wind Cave. Still to this day, the interesting and conspicuous discovery made by those early explorers is that of the thin blades of calcite that stem from the cave walls and ceilings, forming a honeycomb pattern known as boxwork.
As a popular Wind Cave National Park hotel, the Comfort Inn & Suites Custer has all you and your family will need! Book your stay with us today and begin your journey through this historic cave.
Enjoy an attraction with so much to offer - our seasonal hotel near Wind Cave National Park is a close 20 minutes’ drive away! Offering couples and families well-appointed amenities, restful lodgings, and most importantly, a location close to a variety of Custer attractions, Comfort Inn & Suites Custer is your cozy home away from home.