Guided Tours

A ranger points to the Wind Cave map during a cave tour
A ranger points to the Wind Cave map during a cave tour.

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Tour Information

Face masks are required on all cave tours regardless of vaccination status.

  • All cave access is by ranger-guided tour only. All tours leave from the visitor center.
  • Tickets are only available in person first-come, first-served the day of the tour. Tickets cannot be purchased online or reserved over the phone.
  • Tour sizes are limited to 40 people or less for most tours. The Garden of Eden tour is limited to 30 people.
  • Due to high demand tours often sell out 1-2 hours in advance during the spring, summer, and fall seasons. Tours may be sold out for the day by mid-afternoon.
  • White-nose syndrome is known to affect bats around the Black Hills and the country and has been found on bats in Wind Cave. All visitors must walk across a decontamination mat when exiting the cave.
 

Safety Information


All cave tours are ranger guided and are limited in size. All tours involve walking up and down stairs and occasional low ceilings. Cave tours are not recommended for anyone with claustrophobia, heart or respiratory conditions, recent surgeries or illnesses, knee or back problems, or other physical limitations. There are no restroom facilities in the cave.

The following items are prohibited in Wind Cave: Food, candy, gum, water and other drinks, tobacco products, firearms, purses, backpacks including baby back carriers, walking sticks, tripods, monopods, selfie sticks, pets and comfort animals.

The following items are recommended in Wind Cave: Long sleeves or jackets, comfortable shoes with non-slip soles. Sandals are discouraged. Handheld photography is allowed.

Absolutely no touching of cave walls or formations is permitted. Please stay on the trail and with the tour group at all times.

 

Tour Descriptions

Garden of Eden Tour

Duration: 1 hour
Distance: 1/3 mile (1/2 kilometer)
Total stairs: 150
Difficulty: Moderate; stairs can be steep, slippery and dimly lit. Bending and stooping required.
Description: See boxwork, frostwork and cave popcorn along this compact route.
Price: $10.00 general admission, $5.00 ages 6-16, or senior interagency passholders. 5 and under free.

Natural Entrance Tour

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Distance: 2/3 mile (1 kilometer)
Total stairs: 300
Difficulty: Moderate. Paths are uneven, and stairs can be slippery, steep and dimly lit. Bending and stooping required.
Description: See boxwork and cave popcorn along this route.
Price: $12:00 general admission, $6.00 ages 6-16, $6.00 senior or access interagency passholders. 5 and under free.

Fairgrounds Tour

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Distance: 2/3 mile (1 kilometer)
Total stairs: 450
Difficulty: Strenuous. Paths are uneven, and stairs are steep. Bending and stooping required. This tour includes 89 stairs up at once.
Description: See boxwork, frostwork and cave popcorn along this strenuous route.
Price: $12:00 general admission, $6.00 ages 6-16, $6.00 senior or access interagency passholders. 5 and under free.

Accessible Tour - This tour is offered to those with limited mobility or other special needs.
 

Tour & Program Schedule

Face masks are required on all cave tours.

  • All cave access is by ranger-guided tour only. All tours leave from the visitor center.
  • Tickets are only available in person first-come, first-served the day of the tour. Tickets cannot be purchased online or reserved over the phone.
  • Due to high demand, long waits are common during spring, summer, and fall. Tours often sell out 1-2 hours in advance. Tours are often sold out for the day by mid-afternoon.
Visitor Center Open Daily 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Cave tour Fairgrounds Tour -1:00

Garden of Eden - 10:00 and 3:00
Visitor Center Open Daily 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Cave Tour Natural Entrance Tour -10:00, 1:00

Garden of Eden - 3:00
Visitor Center Open Daily 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cave Tour Natural Entrance - 9:00, 11:30, 1:00, 2:30
Garden of Eden - 10:00, 3:30
Visitor Center Open Daily 8:00 - 6:00 pm
Cave Tours Natural Entrance - 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00

Garden of Eden - 10:00, 3:30
Visitor Center Open Daily 8:00 - 6:00 pm
Cave Tours Natural Entrance - 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, and 5:00

Garden of Eden - 10:40, 12:40, 2:40, and 4:40

Fairgrounds - 9:40, 10:20, 12:20, and 2:20
Visitor Center Open Daily 8:00 - 5:00 pm
Cave Tours Natural Entrance - 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00

Garden of Eden - 12:00, 2:00, and 4:00

Fairgrounds - 9:00, 11:00, 1:00, and 3:00
Visitor Center Open Daily 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Cave Tour Natural Entrance - 9:00, 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30
Garden of Eden - 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00
Visitor Center Open daily 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Cave Tour Garden of Eden - 10:00, 12:00, 2:00, and 3:30

Natural Entrance - 9:30, 11:30 and 1:30
Visitor Center Open Daily 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Cave Tour Fairgrounds -1:00

Garden of Eden - 3:00

Last updated: September 19, 2021

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Mailing Address:

26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747

Phone:

(605) 745-4600

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