Here are Linda, John and Rick on the trail down from the fire tower. It’s a fairly steep one-mile loop trail from the parking lot, but well worth the climb!
Then just at the high fence which divides Wind Cave NP and Custer SP, we turned onto one of the dirt roads that lead to the Wind Cave back country.
Several times we heard in the distance the bugle of another bull, but he never appeared. We watched the Custer herd move along the ridge, then drop below it on the other side. It was quite an experience, and one we won’t soon forget.
We continued through Wind Cave NP and Custer SP. We saw a number of bison and lots of magnificent scenery, but no more elk.