Caves and Caverns
Cool off in the Caves!
Explore the mysterious depths of the underground world in many of the caves that are home to the Black Hills. Most of these caves were discovered by accident and they are home to some very rare rocks. They are a must-visit destination for anyone in search of subterranean adventure or wanting a break from the cold, heat or hectic Sturgis Rally.
Black Hills Caverns – Rapid City, SD
Black Hills Caverns offers two different tours through the Caverns’ underground wilderness and the best gemstone panning experience in the Hills! Visitors have enjoyed the natural beauty of the Caverns and been amazed by the variety of formations for 80 years now.
Wonderland Cave – Nemo, SD
It’s the Greatest Show under the Earth! What makes Wonderland Cave special is not only its variety of formations, but its history. Take a tour, visit the gift shop, and enjoy the beauty of Vanocker Canyon.
Rushmore Cave – Keystone,SD
Rushmore Cave contains a wide variety of natural formations. It is the ninth longest cave in South Dakota measuring a distance of 3,652.6 feet. Rushmore Cave features a scenic walking tour, a flashlight tour, and an adventure tour. It is the original attraction at Rush Mountain Adventure Park and close to Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
Wind Cave National Park – Hot Springs, SD
Wind Cave National Park is known for the barometric winds at its entrance, this maze of passages is home to boxwork, a unique formation rarely found elsewhere. It is seventh-longest cave in the world at 241.6 km (150.1 mi). Above the cave, bison, elk, pronghorn antelopes and other wildlife roam the rolling prairie grasslands and forested hillsides of one of America’s oldest national parks.
Jewel Cave National Monument – Custer, SD
Jewel Cave, currently the third longest cave in the world, with 200.3 miles of mapped passageways. It is located approximately 13 miles west of the town of Custer in Black Hills of South Dakota. It became a national monument in 1908.