Explore the mysterious depths of the underground world in many of the caves that are home to the Black Hills. The Black Hills is also home of two caves that happen to be National Parks.
Those who believe that the frontier has vanished have only to look beneath their feet! Circling the Black Hills like a racetrack, a belt of Paha Sapa limestone laced with underground caverns comprises the second-longest cave system in the world. Of the 72 known calcite crystal caves in the world, 68 of them are right here in the Black Hills.
Cave tours offer a visitor experience unlike almost anything else in nature. Within the short span of an hour, you are taken into a cool, exotic world where dripping water, sparkling crystals and decorated corridors revel the unseen wonders of our Underground Wilderness. Eight "Show Caves" accommodate visitors, with lightning, stairs, railings and smooth trails.
Black Hills caves are renowned for their abundance of rare formations, exquisitely decorated rooms and passages and their maze-like interconnections. Some of the most common and easily recognized formations are stalagmites, column, spiraling helicopters, flow-stone, ribbon-like draperies frost-work, box-work and cave popcorn. Prevalent are translucent calcite crystals that line the wall, floors and ceilings. Wind Cave is well know for the box- work in the cave, box- work is an unsual cave formation compsed of thin calcite forms. Black Hills Caverns is made up of 2 different types of limestone (coeymans & manlius) from different periods in early Earth's history. Beautiful Rushmore Cave is the home of the Big Room, which contains more stalacities in one room on a tour route than any other tour in the Black Hills.
Most tours are around one-half mile in length and take about one hour. Sitting Bull Crystal Caverns involves some strenuous climbing. Some caves offer candlelight and spelunking tours. Temperatures down in the caves are pleasantly cool --about 50 degrees-- so a light jacket or sweater and comfortable walking shoes are encouraged.
The Paha Sapa (Black Hills) Grotto of the National Speciological society identifies more than 75 named and mapped caverns in the Hills. Left wild and underdeveloped, these caverns continue to fascinates serious cavers. Cave explorers continue to map and name undiscovered passages in the far reaches wild cave, Jewel Cave and Stagbarn Crystal Cave, too.
The closest cave to Mount Rushmore. Journey on our scenic cave tour & experience the stalactite filled "Big Room." We're celebrating our 90th Anniversary in 2017 ~ Come join us!
Continue the fun at Rush Mountain Adventure Park. Go flying on the Soaring Eagle Zipline or shoot it out at the Gunslinger 7D Interactive Theater. Open Daily May-Oct.
Tours leaving every 15 min. You'll be guided at an easy pace along the tour's cool, well-lit passages. Largest variety of formations found in the Midwest. View the famous 40ft icicle fence. Gift shop, lunchette, picnic area. AAA recommended. Open May 1 - Oct. 31.
Hills' greatest crystal cave with the best variety of formations. Logomites, frost crystal, stalactites, stalagmites, helectites, and colorful calcite crystals. Adventure tours. Unique gift & rock shops and free geological museum.
Explore and discover the third longest cave in the world with an amazing underground wilderness showcasing an array of cave formations. Elevators take visitors 234 feet beneath the surface. Scenic Tours & Discovery Tours year-round.
The sixth longest cave in the world! 140 miles of passageways with boxwork, frostwork & popcorn crystals. Guide fee for ranger-led tours. Above ground. 28,000 acre wildlife park. Visitor center & park open year round.