Operating Hours & Seasons

Visitor Center at Wind Cave National Park

Visitor Center at Wind Cave National Park

NPS Photo by Mike Landrum

The park is open all day, every day. The visitor center is open daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Days. Follow these links for visitor center hours and the current cave tour schedule or see the quick overview below. Tour schedules are subject to change. Call 605.745.4600 to confirm tour times.

All cave tours are ranger-guided and leave from the visitor center. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. During the summer months long waits may be encountered. To avoid waits, the best time to visit the cave is during the early hours of the day. During the summer weekends are good times to visit; Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the busiest days.

For more basic park information for planning a visit, see:

 

For more in-depth information about the programs offered at Wind Cave National Park please visit the Guided Tours page.

Late 2014 - Mid April 2015

Visitor Center 8:00 am - 4:30 pm every day except Thanksgiving, December 25, and January 1
Cave Tours at 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm every day except Thanksgiving, December 25, and January 1

Mid April - Early May 2015

Visitor Center 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cave Tours at 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm

Early May - Late May 2015

Visitor Center - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Natural Entrance Cave Tours - 9:00, 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 4:00

Memorial Day Weekend

Visitor Center 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Cave tours offered every 30 to 40 minutes, last cave tour - 5:00 pm.

Late May - Early June 2015

Visitor Center 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Cave tours offered every hour, last cave tour - 5:00 pm.

Early June 2015 - Early August 2015 - Main Summer Schedule

Visitor Center 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Cave tours offered every 20 to 30 minutes, last cave tour - 6:00 pm.

Early August - Labor Day 2015

Visitor Center 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Cave tours offered every 20 to 40 minutes, last cave tour 5:00 pm.

Mid September - Late September 2015

Visitor Center 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Natural Entrance Cave Tours 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:00 pm

Late September - Mid October 2015

Visitor Center 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Garden of Eden Cave Tours offered 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm

Mid October 2015 - Early 2016

Visitor Center 8:00 am - 4:30 pm every day except Thanksgiving, December 25, and January 1
Cave Tours at 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm every day except Thanksgiving, December 25, and January 1

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