Guided Tours

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See the cave on one of several cave tours.

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Getting Started

A guided tour into Wind Cave is a wonderful addition to any park visit. Whether it's your first time to the cave or your tenth, there are several things to keep in mind while planning your trip.

  • To go into the cave, you must purchase a ticket. All access is by a ranger guided tour and all tours leave from the Visitor Center.
  • Advanced reservations are available for some tours and are highly recommended. See "Tour Reservations" below for more information. Tickets for all other tours are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis the day of the tour at the visitor center.
  • Due to high demand, long waits are common during spring, summer, and fall for in-person sales. Tours often sell out 1-2 hours in advance. Tours may be sold out for the day by mid-afternoon.
  • Visit the Fees and Passes page for current ticket prices.
  • Only credit/debit cards or digital payments will be accepted for all cave tours, campground fees, and Interagency Passes.

Know Before You Go

Plan ahead so you can get the most out of your visit to Wind Cave.


Tour and Program Schedule

Tour schedules are subject to change.  The tour schedule below provides a general idea of tour availability at different times of the year.  Dates will be updated as exact schedules are finalized.

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Tour Reservations

Tickets for the Garden of Eden Tour, Natural Entrance Tour, and Fairgrounds Tour may be purchased in advance through Reservations are recommended as tours often sell out March through October and on holiday weekends throughout winter. Reservations on can be made 3-120 days prior to the tour date. The Candlelight and Wild Cave Tours (offered summer only) must be reserved by phone at 605-745-4600 up to one month in advance.

Roughly half of all tour tickets are held in reserve for same-day sales. These tickets are first-come, first-served at the visitor center the day of the tour. Same-day tickets often sell out an hour or more before tour times.


Tour Descriptions


Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the more commonly asked questions. Please contact us for more information about cave tours or other questions about Wind Cave National Park.

Last updated: May 6, 2024

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26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747


605 745-4600

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