Wind Cave National Park Tours

Wind Cave National Park

Guided tours are the only way to experience Wind Cave. Advanced tickets may be purchased through this website. Additional tours and times are available for same-day ticket sales at the park visitor center. Visit the Guided Tours page of the park website for a current schedule. Tours often sell out prior to tour times. See Seasons & Booking for details.

Wind Cave National Park is home to the world’s seventh longest cave and one of the world’s most complex maze-cave systems. Most cave rooms are small, connected by narrow passages with low ceilings. Boxwork, a rare and delicate cave formation, emerges from the cave walls and ceilings throughout. The park’s surface is one of the last remaining islands of mixed-grass prairie in North America. Rare wildlife including bison, elk, pronghorn antelope, and prairie dogs roam over 30,000 acres. Several roads and 30 miles of trails are available to explore the rolling prairie and ponderosa pine forests. There is no fee to enter the park or hike the surface trails.

Guided tours are the only way to experience Wind Cave. Advanced tickets may be purchased through this website. Additional tours and times are available for same-day ticket sales at the park visitor center. Visit the Guided Tours page of the park website for a current schedule. Tours often sell out prior to tour times. See Seasons & Booking for details.

Wind Cave National Park is home to the world’s seventh longest cave and one of the world’s most complex maze-cave systems. Most cave rooms are small, connected by narrow passages with low ceilings. Boxwork, a rare and delicate cave formation, emerges from the cave walls and ceilings throughout. The park’s surface is one of the last remaining islands of mixed-grass prairie in North America. Rare wildlife including bison, elk, pronghorn antelope, and prairie dogs roam over 30,000 acres. Several roads and 30 miles of trails are available to explore the rolling prairie and ponderosa pine forests. There is no fee to enter the park or hike the surface trails.

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Need to Know

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Guided tours are the only way to experience Wind Cave. 

Advanced Reservations: Wind Cave tours are offered daily and are available up to 120 days in advance beginning at 8:00 a.m. Mountain Time on a rolling daily window (e.g., On March 3, Natural Entrance Tour tickets become available for July 1). Ticket sales close at midnight Mountain Time three days before the date of the tour (e.g., Wednesday is the last day to buy tickets for a tour that Saturday).

Ticket Availability: Tickets for approximately half the Garden of Eden, Natural Entrance, Fairgrounds, and Accessibility tours are available through advanced reservations. The remaining tours are set aside for first-come, first-served sales the day of the tour at the visitor center. (Example: If four Garden of Eden tours are offered per day, tickets for two of the tours can be reserved in advance, while tickets for the other two tours are first-come, first-served at the visitor center.)  Exceptions: All Candlelight and Wild Cave tour tickets are available through advanced reservations only.  

Some tours may only be available during specific times of year. 

Tours are not offered on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s days.

Changes and Cancellations

Refunds: Tours can be canceled for a full refund (less the $1 non-refundable reservation fee) up to three days prior to the tour time. Cancellations after that time will forfeit the tour fee. No refunds for late arrivals or no-shows. (Example: Wednesday is the last day to cancel a reservation for a tour on Saturday.)


Exceptions: The Candlelight and Wild Cave tours may be cancelled for a full refund (less the $1 non-refundable reservation fee) until midnight 7 days prior to the tour date. Cancellations, including late arrivals and no-shows, after that time will forfeit the tour fee.


America the Beautiful Annual & Lifetime Passes: Annual and lifetime passes do not cover ticket fees.

Contact Information

Mailing Address

26611 US Highway 385 Hot Springs SD 57747

Phone Number

605-745-4600

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