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We did 3 caves during our trip. This cavern was nice, but others are better. The walk at times was... read more

Reviewed August 17, 2018
Robert K
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Georgetown DE
Individual tour

In July on a Sunday we didn't have to wait for more tourists to get a tour. The cave did not have a... read more

Reviewed December 9, 2018
Brenda B
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Ogden, Utah
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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...more
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Reviewed December 9, 2018

In July on a Sunday we didn't have to wait for more tourists to get a tour. The cave did not have a lot of different features compared to others I've seen. The long tour was lead by a college student who was polite, but...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Kathy J, Manager at Black Hills Caverns, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2018

Thank you for your comments. With the tour times every 20 minutes, sometimes it is a private tour and glad your guide was polite but will work on the guides being more engaging. I wonder if you took the Crystal or Adventure Tour. Our Crystal...More

Reviewed October 2, 2018

Panning for gems with patient staff followed by a cave visit made this a highlight for our granddaughters for their first trip to visit us in the Black Hills. Just a few miles west of Rapid City and south on the way to Hill City...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Kathy J, Manager at Black Hills Caverns, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2018

Thank you for stopping by and we are so glad your granddaughters had a great time!

Reviewed September 7, 2018

We didn't have time to visit the Jewel or Wind caves, so were excited to find a cave closer to the town of Rapid City. Did the hour long Adventure Tour, although definitely some walking (hit my 10,000 steps), the path is maneuverable for most....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Kathy J, Manager at Black Hills Caverns, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2018

We are so glad you could stop by and visit the caverns. Thank you for stopping by!

Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

I remember visiting Black Hills Caverns as a 10 year old kid. It was awesome. Fast forward 23 years and now I have children ranging from 12 to 1, the wife and I decided to take them. We visited other SD attractions like Rushmore, Crazy...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Kathy J, Manager at Black Hills Caverns, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2018

Awesome! We love our return visitors and especially when they come back with their kiddos! Glad you stopped by, and hope to see you again!

Reviewed August 28, 2018

Before this tour I had no interest in cave tours or rocks but my tour was amazing and sparked a new interest in both! My tour guide, Sena, was extremely knowledgeable and presented the information wonderfully. Her wit and charm with the perfect amount of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Kathy J, Manager at Black Hills Caverns, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2018

Thank you for letting us know about your visit! We are so glad you had a great time!

Reviewed August 24, 2018

Tucked away only revealing the mighty underground structures or the huge gift shop to those who are willing to travel a short dirt road. Activities of several levels, several age groups can find educational fun there. Reasonable prices, fun staff!

Date of experience: August 2018
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Kathy J, Manager at Black Hills Caverns, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2018

Thank you for your comments, we are glad you had a good time and enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

This is the one stop that our kids cannot stop talking about! The staff went above and beyond (even at their last tour of the day) to help keep our children interested and entertained with the gold/gem panning as we waited for the next tour...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Kathy J, Manager at Black Hills Caverns, responded to this reviewResponded August 24, 2018

Thank you for your comments and we are so glad you have a great time and we love panning too! Kids love rocks!

Reviewed August 17, 2018

We did 3 caves during our trip. This cavern was nice, but others are better. The walk at times was a little difficult going along the paths. But in all it was a nice time in the caverns

Date of experience: August 2018
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Kathy J, Manager at Black Hills Caverns, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2018

Thank you for stopping by and visiting us, we are glad you had a good time!

Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

We took the cave tour with 2 moms and 8 kids! We had the most wonderful tour guide, Hannah K. The tour was great and all of our questions were answered. We also did the panning for gold and gems. The kids could have done...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Kathy J, Manager at Black Hills Caverns, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2018

Thank you for visiting us! We are so glad you had fun! We love panning for rocks & gemstones too, it is super fun!

Reviewed July 26, 2018 via mobile

We took the longer tour (apx 1 hr) into the caverns and it was well worth it, the caverns are beautiful! Our guide was very nice and knowledgeable. There are a lot of steep inclines and stairs but we had no trouble, nor did our...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Kathy J, Manager at Black Hills Caverns, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2018

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit with us!

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Kelsey M
January 15, 2019|
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Response from davemH7760ZY | Reviewed this property |
Our 9 n 7 year old granddaughters found many gems...gold flakes not so much...worth it? This was a highlight for them!
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melanie k
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I am sorry we do not allow dogs in the caverns. Thank you, Kathy for the Cave
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windysouthdakota
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black hills Caverns (6 Replies)
We're going to the black hills this summer & was wondering if anyone has been to the Black Hills Caverns & what you thought of it? We are trying to find a good cave that even the kids would like. Thank you for any input!
March 22, 2009|
Response fromslrtravelplanner|
I love caves, but we didn't have time to tour this one when we were here. There are so many to choose from in the Black Hills. The website considers the tour moderate. (IMO, all of the ones I saw weren't bad--the only one that I heard was challenging was Sitting Bull Crystal Caverns). If you are looking to find the best cave to tour, I'd recommend Jewel or Wind Caves, which are both operated by NPS. These were more enjoyable over the privately owned caverns. I feel the park rangers really...More