Places To Go

Beaver Creek bridge on a spring day



Tour schedules vary throughout the year. Please check the tour schedule to see what tours are being offered at the time of your visit.

Natural Entrance Cave Tour
Visitors walk through the middle level of the cave where Wind Cave's rare formation, called boxwork, is abundant. This tour begins at the walk-in entrance near the cave's only known natural entrance and exits by elevator. This moderately strenuous, 1¼ hour tour has 300 stairs (mostly down).

Fairgrounds Cave Tour
This tour includes some of the larger rooms found in the developed area of the cave. Visitors will see examples of many cave formations, including Wind Cave boxwork and cave popcorn. The tour enters and exits the cave by elevator. This moderately strenuous tour has 450 stairs and lasts 1½ hours.

Garden of Eden Cave Tour
Representative features of Wind Cave are seen on this trip through the upper level of the cave. Cave popcorn, flowstone, and boxwork are seen on this one hour tour. It is our least strenuous with 150 stairs along the route and enters and leaves the cave by elevator.


Candlelight Cave Tour
Experience the cave by candlelight. This tour takes place in a less developed, unlighted part of the cave. Each participant will carry a candle bucket. Shoes with non-slip soles are required. No sandals! This tour is limited to 10 people and the minimum age is 8. This strenuous tour covers 2/3 mile of rugged trail and lasts 2 hours. Reservations are strongly recommended. Reservations may only be made in person or by telephone at (605) 745-4600.


Wild Cave Tour
Explore the cave away from the developed trails. On this 4-hour tour visitors will be introduced to basic, safe caving. Wear old clothes and gloves, as much of the trip will be crawling. Long pants, long sleeved shirts and sturdy, lace up boots or shoes with non-slip soles are required (five-fingered shoes and sandals of any kind are not allowed). The park provides hard hats, lights and kneepads. Please do not bring jewelry, watches and other valuables on the tour. This tour is limited to 10 people and the minimum age is 16. We require a signed consent form for those 17 and under. Reservations are required. Reservations may only be made in person or by telephone at (605) 745-4600.


Discovery Activity
Join a ranger for a short talk or demonstration explaining some facet of the park. Topics may include local wildlife, plants, geology, area history, Lakota culture and cave surveying. Check at the visitor center for meeting place and topic.

Campfire Program
Become better acquainted with Wind Cave National Park. Evening campfire talks are presented at the Elk Mountain Campground amphitheater. Topics may include wildlife, plants, geology, park management and history. Nightly program titles are posted at the visitor center. The programs last about 45 minutes.

Ranger leading an accessibility tour for two visitors, one of whom is in a wheelchair
Special Cave Tour

NPS Photo by Jim Pisarowicz

Cave Tours for Visitors with Special Needs
The visitor center and the cave are accessible to people with limited mobility. Limited areas of the cave are accessible to wheelchairs. To schedule a special tour, please call ahead (605-745-4600) or check at the information desk. There are fees charged for these services. For more information, call the park at 605-745-4600.
Wind Cave for the Hearing Impaired

Tour Schedule

Map of Cave Tour Routes


Last updated: January 29, 2019

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26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747


(605) 745-4600

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