Black Hills Caverns
Black Hills Caverns
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Speciality & Gift Shops • Historic Sites • Caverns & Caves
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Black Hills Caverns has been amazing its visitors in the Black Hills of South Dakota since 1939. Visitors have enjoyed the natural beauty of the Caverns and by the variety of different formations. The Caverns continue to be explored and new passages are found within the cave’s underground wilderness. Black Hills Caverns offers our Adventure Tour and our Crystal Tours daily from May thru September. We also offer the best Gemstone Panning experience in the Hills! Our Adventure Tour – This fun & educational underground guided tour of Black Hills Caverns showcases the amazing natural formations. Your Guide will take you on a beautiful journey of all three levels of the caverns, sharing local history, fun stories, some folklore, and caverns geology. Our Crystal Tour is the main level of Black Hills Caverns and is an easy walking tour with few stairs and is a moderate passed tour, for our visitors who want to experience the caves natural beauty on this 30 minute, shorter tour.
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susanlL6542BG
Emerson, United States2 contributions
I was expecting some sort of over-blown tourist-trap type place, but found that it was a smaller destination with a very friendly staff and very nice gift shop. Our guide was a young man who was getting ready to go back to high school the following week, but he was very friendly and was able to give us quite a bit of information about the cave, it's history and the geological formations. They also have a refund policy and will return your admission fee to you if you get down into the cave and cannot continue due to claustrophobia, anxiety, etc. It was not as visually inspiring as perhaps Wind Cave or some other caves, but it was still very interesting. It was only a few miles from Rapid City and was well worth the trip.
Written September 22, 2021
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So glad you stopped by and visited us!
Written July 25, 2022
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Mark J
Cove, TX248 contributions
Our guide was very knowledgeable of the caves and cave systems of the area. We only did the short version, we've been to several caves across the country. These caves rate at about 75% of the top caves we've been in. If you are in the area, it is well worth the stop.
Written October 17, 2020
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Thank you for stopping by and visiting us! We are glad you had a great time!
Written October 21, 2020
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Kimraem
Princeton, MN248 contributions
We had a 10, 7, 3 year old and a 9 month old with us and weren't sure which tour to take the 30 minute or the adventure tour. We decided on the adventure tour where you are able to hike down to the lowest point in the cavern. We weren't sure how the 3 year old would do, but he walked almost the whole way except for some help on the steep stairs. I think I enjoyed this the most out of all of the Black Hills attractions we went to. I've never been on a cave or mine tour that I was able to walk the trails inside. We saw so much and I am glad we took the adventure tour, the kids all did fine!
Written June 30, 2022
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So glad you were able to do the Adventure Tour with your family :) Thank you for visiting the Caverns
Written July 25, 2022
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Laura F
31 contributions
Family
Our boys (9,10 and 12) love science and geology. We did the adventure cave - 3/4 mile hike into a cave- lots of bending over, tight spaces, dark and no bathrooms in the cave. I had a mini freak out about 3 mins in and my husband about 10 mins in. That being said, our kids LOVED this tour. We all did after suppressing claustrophobic thoughts! Our Guide Colin was fantastic with some clever dry humor that kept everyone’s attention. Wear shoes with good tread, go potty before you get there and just enjoy 1-1.5 hrs.
Written September 5, 2021
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Thank you! So glad you stopped by!
Written July 25, 2022
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MK in the STL
Weldon Spring, MO222 contributions
My wife, 3 boys, and I recently visited Rapid City and decided to give Black Hills Caverns a try since we are very fascinated with caves. We had hoped to visit Wind Cave but they were closed due to mechanical issues with the elevator system.

It's definitely not a very popular destination. When we arrived, there were only 3-4 other cars in the parking lot and when we left, maybe 10. So if you want to have a cave tour with some other stuff and also escape the crowds, this is your place.

It was nice getting a private tour! Just the guide and my family of 5. The caverns are meh. They're pretty, some interesting formations, but we have explored FAR better caverns with even more formations and much bigger rooms and formations plus water inside as well.

Our guide was Adam, and seemed timid at first. It seemed like he was reading from a memorized script and mumbled a lot of words together. Kinda hard to understand him. Toward the end, he seemed less tense and was a lot more clear to understand.

After the cave tour, which lasts about an hour on the Adventure Tour, you have the option of buying buckets of gemstones and actually panning for the gemstones in the sluices right outside the gift shop. One of the gift shop employees helped my boys pan for the gem stones and they really enjoyed it. Our youngest got to go into the crystal mine to dig around for some colorful rocks as well.

Overall, not a bad place. You can learn something about caves and have the kids do some panning as well.
Written June 28, 2020
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Thank you for stopping by and we hope you enjoyed your visit!
Written July 12, 2020
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daisymae531
Minnesota359 contributions
Family
Crystal tour costs almost as much as the Adventure tour but takes an hour less to complete. Crystal tour was super easy and fun but should be much cheaper then it is bc the duration is so short. Had our own personal tour guide for our family which was nice. Ethan did a great job. Nice gift shop, easy to find.
Written June 16, 2022
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Thank you!
Written July 25, 2022
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AC97
North Dakota5,074 contributions
Good trip. We arrived at approximately 12 pm and made our way inside to purchase tickets. We chose to do the adventure tour, which was the complete tour of the Black Hills Caverns. We waited for several minutes until the next tour time, and then proceeded to enter the cave with a tour guide. The tour guide was great and provided a lot of valuable information about the history of the cave, along with pointing out some interesting structures as we walked through. There were roughly 250 steps throughout the entirety of the cave, however they were spaced out and did not present much of a challenge for us. There were also handrails available for extra support. The cave was unique and contained many twists and turns throughout and the tour guide did an excellent job explaining what we were seeing in front of us.

Tip: The tour lasted approximately 1 hour. There was a small artifact room located in the back of the gift shop with several items.
Written July 15, 2022
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Thank you for stopping by and letting us show you the cave :)
Written July 25, 2022
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Werrett Family c
7 contributions
This was a fun cave tour for our family. There are not a lot of big stalagmites and stalagtites in the cave, but we really enjoyed seeing three full levels of the cave and our guide Ian made it entertaining and fun. It has some fun varieties of rocks and trails and cool things to see. We also liked that tickets were easy to get and very accessible. The inside of the cave felt so good compared to the temperature outside.
Written June 7, 2021
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Thank you and so glad you stopped by and had a good time in the "cool" cave! Its a great place to be in a Hot Day :)
Written July 23, 2021
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anonymous9257
Boston, MA16,442 contributions
Solo
I took a Lyft to get to this experience which turned out to be a big mistake. Once I arrived, I discovered my cell phone had no service at all in the Black Hills and I was effectively stranded. Thankfully, the gentleman that sold me the ticket was kind enough to let me use their landline to call for a cab. You need your own car for this experience.

The Cavern itself was neat. Our guide was new, but had a good grasp on the information. The journey ended up not being as strenuous as advertised, but there were some tight spots and awkward maneuvers required. I liked the depth reference signs and “cave graffiti” we came across. The demonstrations with the quartz and flashlight reflections in the stone were really neat too.

I would definitely recommend this experience, but again, use your own car.
Written July 3, 2022
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Thank you! Yes, cell service is not great, if you can get a signal at all. Glad the staff helped you get transportation back into town :)
Written July 25, 2022
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Aaron W
Minneapolis, MN2 contributions
Family
Excellent tours with very aware staff - they seemed to cater the tour to our family. My first thought after seeing our 17 year old tour guide - I honestly wasn't very excited, but Nathaniel proved us all wrong! He was great with our family of 11 and some of our kids aren't good with personal boundaries. He was patient and very funny! Great cave
Written July 8, 2020
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Thanks for stopping by and yes, many guides are teenagers, but they love the cave and do an awesome job of showing its underground beauty! Hope you Black Hills vacation was awesome!
Written July 12, 2020
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