Guided Tours

Cave Tour in the Elk's Room

Cave Tour in the Elk's Room

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Tour Information

  • All cave tours are ranger-guided and leave from the visitor center.
  • Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Reservations are available for the Candlelight and Wild Cave tours, as well as for groups.
  • Long waits may be encountered during peak summer visitation. To avoid waits, visit the cave during the early hours of the day or on weekends. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the busiest days.
  • To ensure a safe visit, please review the Cave Tour Safety Information page.

NOTE: Tour schedules are subject to change. Please call 605.745.4600 to confirm tour times.

 

Tour & Program Schedule

October 12, 2014 - April 18, 2015 (subject to change)

Visitor Center

Open daily 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Cave Tour

Garden of Eden Cave Tour - 10:00, 1:00, and 3:00 daily except Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1



April 19 - May 2, 2015 (subject to change)

Visitor Center

Open daily 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Cave Tour

Natural Entrance Cave Tour - 9:30, 11:30, 1:30, and 3:30


May 3 - May 22, 2015 (subject to change)

Visitor Center

Open daily 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Cave Tour

Natural Entrance Cave Tour - 9:00, 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 4:00

May 23 - May 25, 2015 Memorial Day Weekend (subject to change)

Visitor Center

Open daily 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Cave Tours

Natural Entrance Cave Tour - 8:40, 9:20, 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30, 4:30, and 5:00

Garden of Eden Cave Tour - 10:00, 12:00, and 2:00

Fairgrounds Cave Tour - 11:00, 1:00, and 3:00


May 26 - June 6, 2015 (subject to change)

Visitor Center

Open daily 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Cave Tours

Natural Entrance Cave Tour - 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 1:00, 2:00, 4:00, and 5:00

Garden of Eden Cave Tour - 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30

June 7 - August 2, 2015 (subject to change)

Visitor Center

Open daily 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Cave Tours

Natural Entrance Cave Tour - 8:40, 9:20, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00

Garden of Eden Cave Tour - 10:40, 12:40, and 2:40

Fairgrounds Cave Tour - 9:40, 10:20, 11:40, 12:20, 1:40, 2:20, 3:40, and 4:20

Specialty Tours

Candlelight Tours - 10:30 am and 1:30 pm (Reservations strongly recommended)

Wild Cave Tours - 1:00 pm (Reservations required)

NOTE: Reservations are accepted beginning one month before the tour and must be made in person or by phone at 605-745-4600.

Campfire Programs

Nightly at the Elk Mountain Campground amphitheater at 9:00 pm. Tuesdays and Fridays in July be prepared for a prairie night hike. These hikes meet at the amphitheater for a short program and then car caravan to explore the prairie at night.


August 3 - September 7, 2015 (subject to change)

Visitor Center

Open daily 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Cave Tours

Natural Entrance Cave Tour - 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, and 5:00

Garden of Eden Cave Tour - 10:30, 1:40, and 3:40

Fairgrounds Cave Tour - 9:30, 11:20, 1:20, and 3:20

Specialty Tours

Candlelight Tours - 1:30 pm daily (Reservations strongly recommended)

Wild Cave Tours - 1:00 pm weekends only (Reservations required)

NOTE: Reservations are accepted beginning one month before the tour and must be made in person or by phone at 605-745-4600.

Campfire Programs

Nightly at the Elk Mountain Campground amphitheater. Call 605.745.4600 for times.


September 8 - September 19, 2015 (subject to change)

Visitor Center

Open daily 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Cave Tour

Natural Entrance Cave Tour - 9:00, 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 4:00

Autumn Evening Activity

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at the Elk Mountain Campground at 7:00 pm starting early September

September 20 - October 10, 2015 (subject to change)

Visitor Center

Open daily 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Cave Tour

Garden of Eden Cave Tour Tours at 9:30, 11:30, 1:30, and 3:30

Autumn Evening Activity

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at the Elk Mountain Campground at 7:00 pm through the end of September

October 11 - Early 2016 (subject to change)

Visitor Center

Open daily 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Cave Tour

Garden of Eden Cave Tour - 10:00, 1:00, and 3:00 daily except Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1



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