Cave Tours - Wind Cave
For cave tours it is advised to wear low-heeled, rubber-soled shoes or hiking boots. Close-toed shoes are highly recommended. Cave temperatures hover around 49 degrees Fahrenheit or 9 degrees Celsius year-round and a light jacket or sweater is advisable. Persons who have heart or respiratory conditions, foot or lower joint problems, have recently been hospitalized, have a fear of heights or elevators should talk with a park ranger before embarking on cave tours.
Hidden beneath the rolling prairie of the southern Black Hills is one of the world’s longest caves. Swaying prairie grasses, forested hillsides, and an array of wildlife such as bison, elk, and prairie dogs welcome visitors to one of our country’s oldest national parks and one of its few remaining intact prairies. Secreted beneath is the world’s 5th longest cave, Wind Cave. The cave is well known for its unusual geology, outstanding displays of boxwork (a rare cave formation composed of thin calcite fins resembling honeycombs), and the winds at the cave's entrance. The cave also contains a variety of other cave formations such as popcorn, frostwork, and flowstone. Continued exploration is still occurring as cavers actively search for new passages in this complex maze.
This tour includes a visit to the natural entrance of Wind Cave where visitors can see where the cave was discovered and learn how it got its name. Participants enter the cave through a man-made entrance and journey through the middle level of the cave. Wind Cave's famous boxwork is abundant throughout this trip. Most of the 300 stairs along this route are down. This moderately strenuous one-half mile tour lasts 1¼ hours and exits the cave by elevator.
We pick you up at your hotel at 8:00 a.m. to start the day with the earliest cave tours, as they do not accept reservations and sometimes fill up later in the day. We will stop in Custer, SD for lunch between caves. If you want to see both caves the cost is $170 per person plus 6% state sales tax, and takes 9½ hours. If you just want to see one cave the cost is $140 per person plus 6% state sales tax, and takes about 5½ hours. These prices include the cost of cave admission but not lunch. (If the tour runs substantially over the allotted time additional charges may apply.) Guide gratuities are at your discretion. We provide cold bottled water and you may bring any snacks you like.