Reservations are accepted from organized groups for all cave tours. Reservations must be made at least three weeks prior to the tour. Groups are welcome to participate in regularly scheduled tours; however, advanced reservations are helpful. The Garden of Eden Cave Tour is limited to 25 people and the Natural Entrance and Fairgrounds Cave Tours are limited to 40. Reservations are accepted for larger groups, but the group may need to be split.
Reservations for Candlelight and the Wild Cave Tours are taken by phone no more than one month in advance. Tours are limited to ten people. All youth groups must have an adult sponsor responsible for the group's conduct accompanying the tour. The minimum age for the Candlelight tour is 8 and the Wild Cave Tour is 16. A parent or guardian's signature is required for Wild Cave Tour participants 17 years or younger. These forms are available from the park and can be faxed or mailed to you when you make your reservation. Proof of age may be required.
To reserve a group tour please contact the park at least three weeks prior to your visit by calling (605) 745-4600. You must reconfirm your reservation at least two days prior to your visit by phoning (605) 745-4600.
The Day of Your Tour
We require that your group arrives 30 minutes prior to your tour time or your reservation will be canceled. When driving in the Black Hills, we suggest that you allow ample driving time, as the roads are narrow and winding. Do not use your GPS to find the visitor Center, you will get lost. Use the Directions page on our website to located the visitor center. Please call the park at (605) 745-1133 if you encounter delays so arrangements can be made.
Adult sponsors who will be responsible for the group's conduct must accompany youth groups. Supervisors must be distributed throughout the group so that all students are appropriately supervised and those students who are feeling uncomfortable in the cave have an adult nearby. Adult sponsors with the group are responsible for the group's behavior.
The cave temperature is 53° F at all times of the year. Everyone should have a sweater or jacket. Good walking shoes with a non-slip sole are required as there are about 300 stair steps along the tour route. Caves are very fragile places so to protect the cave, please talk with your group about not touching or removing any rocks or formations from the cave. No eating, drinking, smoking, or chewing gum is allowed in the cave. This includes gum, candy, soda, or water bottles. Packs or large purses are not permitted in the cave. There are no restrooms in the cave. Cameras are permitted.
Cave tour fees may be waived for educational and scientific institutions using the park for educational purposes. Fee waiver requests must be received in writing, 3 weeks prior to your visit. Fees will be waived if the stated educational objectives relate directly to park resources. Specialty tour fees or camping fees will not be waived. To apply for a fee waiver contact the park by calling 605-745-4600.
Group camping sites are available for groups of campers numbering between 10 to 50. Groups should request reservations for the group camping site at least 2 weeks before their visit. For more information about Group Camping please visithttps://www.nps.gov/wica/planyourvisit/group-camping.htm. Reservations for the group campsite may be made by calling (605) 745-4600 or writing to Wind Cave National Park, 26611 US Hwy 385, Hot Springs, SD 57747.