Operating Hours & Seasons

a pine tree with snowy branches on a snow covered prairie against a dim yellow sunset
The park itself is open 24 hours, but visitor center hours change throughout the year.

NPS Photo / Josh Nelson


Exploring the Cave

All cave tours are ranger-guided and leave from the visitor center. All tours begin and end at the visitor center. Tour schedules are subject to change. Call (605) 745-4600 to confirm tour times.

Exploring the Surface

The park is open all day, every day for you to explore. Park roads are generally open year-round. However, snow and severe weather can limit access to some remote parts of the park, especially in winter. For current road and trail conditions call the visitor center at (605) 745-4600. Check road conditions on your route before traveling to the park.


The park receives about 18" of rain annually, most falling in the spring. Summers are generally hot and dry, though thunderstorms, some producing large hail, are fairly common. Fall provides warm, dry days and cool evenings. Winter storms frequently bring snow, occasionally closing park roads temporarily.

The temperature inside the cave remains 54°F (11°C) year round.



Closures & Seasonal Exceptions

Last updated: January 3, 2023

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26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747


605 745-4600

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