• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

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 opened year-round. The visitor center is opened daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Days. Click here for visitor center hours and general 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 in-depth information about the programs offered at Wind Cave National Park please see Program and Tour Schedule. Tour schedules are subject to change. Please call 605-745-4600 to confirm tour times. Programs are subject to cancellation during severe weather.

Active duty military members and their dependents are eligible for a free annual pass that provides entrance to lands managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Forest Service. The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Program also offers a free lifetime pass for people with disabilities, a $10 lifetime senior pass for those age 62 and over, and an $80 annual pass for the general public.

Holders of the Senior (Golden Age)/Access Passes are eligible for half price tickets for cave tours and camping fees for the cardholder only. The America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass (Annual Pass) does not waive cave tour or camping fees which are Expanded Amenity Fees.

"Our national parks, wildlife refuges, forests and other public lands offer every American a place to get outdoors, learn about our nation's history and culture, and restore our spirits," Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said. Tourism and outdoor recreation tied to public lands are powerful economic engines in communities across the country. Recreation on federal lands provided 440,000 jobs and contributed $55 billion to the economy in 2009. Each year, over 280 million national park visitors pump $31 billion into local economies, supporting 258,000 jobs.

 

For more in-depth information about the programs offered at Wind Cave National Park please see Program and Tour Schedule.

October 13, 2013 - April 19, 2014 (All schedules are subject to change)

Visitor Center 8:00 am - 4:30 pm every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Days
Cave Tours at 10:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm

April 20 - May 3, 2014


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

May 4 - May 23, 2014

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. See Program Schedule for specific times.

May 27 to June 7, 2014

Visitor Center 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Cave tours offered every hour, last cave tour - 5:00 pm. See Program Schedule for specific times

June 8 - August 2, 2014 Main Summer Schedule

Visitor Center 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Cave tours offered every 20 to 30 minutes, last cave tour - 5:30 pm
See Program Schedule for specific times and specialty cave tours offered at this time.

August 3 -Septmber 1, 2014

Visitor Center 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Cave tours offered every 20 to 40 minutes, last cave tour 5:00 pm
See Program Schedule for specific times and specialty cave tours offered at this time.

September 2 - September 20, 2014

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

September 21 - October 11, 2014

Visitor Center 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Natural Entrance Cave Tour offered 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 1;30 pm, and 3:30 pm

October 12 - Early 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




Tour schedules are subject to change. Please call 605-745-4600 to confirm tour times. Programs are subject to cancellation during severe weather.

Did You Know?

boxwork

Wind Cave is one of the longest caves in the world and has an amazing amount of a rare cave formation called boxwork. More...