Permits & Reservations

A ranger with a family in a dim cave passage, all are holding candle buckets.
Two cave tours, the Candlelight and Wild Cave tours, require reservations.

NPS Photo / Sheena Harper



Cave Tours

Reservations are accepted for schools or large groups that would like to take part in any of the cave tours. Reservations are also strongly recommended for the Historic Candlelight Tour and are required for the Wild Cave Tour and may be made up to 30 days in advance of the tour. Groups need to make arrangements several weeks in advance.

Call 605-745-4600 for group information or reservations.


Backcountry Camping

All backcountry campers must have a backcountry use permit in their possession. These free permits can be obtained at the visitor center information desk. Permits provide a measure of safety for backpackers in the event of an emergency as well as help park managers monitor potential impacts to sensitive resources.

Other Permits

Special Use Permits and Filming / Photography Permits - Information for those interested in holding special events at the park, and for those interested in special use photography and commercial filming at Wind Cave National Park.


Last updated: November 2, 2020

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26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747


(605) 745-4600

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