Overview of entrance requirements
FreeNo entrance pass required
An entrance pass is not required to access Wind Cave National Park.
Other National Park Service sites may require an entrance pass or fee. Depending on your trip plans, an interagency pass may save you money.
There are no entrance fees to enjoy the trails, scenic drives, and visitor center at Wind Cave National Park. All cave tours have associated fees and are not covered by the Federal Interagency Passes. Campground fees may be reduced by Senior and Access Interagency Pass holders.
Cave Tour Fees
Approximately half of all cave tour tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 605-745-4600 for large group information.
Only credit/debit cards or digital payments are accepted for all cave tours, campground fees, and Interagency Passes.
Minimum age for the Candlelight Tour is 8 years old.
Minimum age for the Wild Cave Tour is 16 years old with a signed parent permission slip.
Sign-language interpreters are available for the hearing impaired with two weeks advanced notice.
A portion of tour tickets are available for advanced purchase through www.recreation.gov. Reservations are recommended as tours often sell out March through October and on holiday weekends throughout winter. Tickets can be purchased from 3-120 days before the tour.
Camp where the prairie meets the forest at the Elk Mountain Campground. The fee is $24.00 per site per night regularly, and $12.00 per site per night when the water is turned off (generally October through May). Visitors holding a Senior or Access Pass, or a Golden Age or Golden Access Pass pay half price a night per site.
Passes & Special Use Fees
America the Beautiful: National Park & Federal Recreational Lands Pass
Special Use Fees
Last updated: May 30, 2023