• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Program and Tour Schedule

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. The visitor center is located off US Highway 385 about 11 miles north of Hot Springs, South Dakota. Do not use your GPS to find the visitor center - you will get lost. Click on directions for a map of the area.

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

 

September 21 - September 27, 2014 (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 September 9


September 28- October 11, 2014 (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 September 30, 2014


October 12, 2014 - Mid April 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


Mid April - Early May 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


Early May - Late May 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


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


Post Memorial Day - Early June 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 and 3:30


Main Summer Schedule - Early June - Early August 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

Wild Cave Tours - 1:00 pm

  • Reservations for these specialty tours are required. Reservations are accepted beginning one month before the tour and must be made by phone or in person. Please call 605-745-4600.


Campfire Programs


Nightly at the Elk Mountain Campground amphitheater at 9:00 pm. Please inquire at the visitor center information desk topics. Tuesdays and Fridays in July be prepared for a prairie night hike. The program will meet at the amphitheater for a short program and then car caravan to explore the prairie at night.


Early August - Labor Day weekend 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 and 3:40

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

Specialty Tours

Candlelight Tours - 1:30 pm daily

Wild Cave Tours - 1:00 pm weekends only

  • Reservations for these specialty tours are required. Reservations are accepted beginning one month before the tour and must be made by phone or in person. Please call 605-745-4600.
Campfire Programs Nightly at the Elk Mountain Campground amphitheater at 8:00 pm. Please inquire at the visitor center information desk for times and topics or call the park at 605-745-4600.



Tour schedules are subject to change. Please call 605-745-4600 to confirm tour times. Programs are subject to cancellation during severe weather. All tours leave from the visitor center located off US Highway 385 about 11 miles north of Hot Springs, South Dakota. Do not use your GPS to find the visitor center - you will get lost. Click on directions for a map of the area.

 

Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations for organized groups are available. For more information please call (605) 745-4600. The same number is used for TTY. Holders of the Senior (Golden Age)/Access Passes are eligible for half price tickets for cave tours for the cardholder only. The America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass (Annual Pass) does not waive cave tour fees which are Expanded Amenity Fees. Descriptions of all of the programs offered throughout the year at Wind Cave National Park are available at the webpage: Program and Tour Descriptions.

Limited areas of the cave are accessible to wheelchairs. Please call ahead (605-745-4600) to make special arrangements for an accessible tour or ask at the park's information desk. There are fees charged for these services. Visit this page for more information: Tours for Visitors with Special Needs.

Sign-language capable rangers are available. If you contact the park at least a week before your visit a ranger who can sign will be available. General information scripts of tours are available and can be downloaded by clicking here.

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.

More information about the schedule of cave tours and programs can be found in the park newspaper Passages - Visitor's Guide to Wind Cave National Park.

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