Today was a very early morning since we drove through Custer out Red Valley Rd to the Wind Cave National Park in the dark to get set up prior to sunset. It was so worth it! We stood in the dark listening to yipping Coyotes and were surrounded by munching Bison. The sky turned red and the yellow ball of sun rose silhouetting some trees. It was so beautiful and romantic. Once the sun came up we drove around and found a coyote running across the prairie, barking Black-tailed Prairie Dogs, Deer. As we were leaving the park we came upon a huge herd of Elk. The large bull had about 40 females and he snorted them into a tight ball when he saw me. After a few strong stares he pounded his legs and they took off running. What a sight! Todays photo is of a valley in Wind Cave National Park.
The Wind Cave National Park consists of 28,295 acres. about 500 Elk, 250 to 500 Bison, 100 Pronghorn and 150 Black-footed Ferrets.