Spend The Day Exploring Caves In South Dakota's Black Hills
Everyone knows that the Black Hills are home to some of the most incredible landmarks in the country (we are looking at you, Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse!), but did you know that this region of South Dakota is also considered the “
U ndisputed queen of maze caves in the U.S.?” To see what makes this area so unique (and how it earned this prestigious nickname), make plans to spend the day exploring caves around South Dakota’s Black Hills:
Located in southwest South Dakota, the Black Hills are a beautiful mountain range that spans 110 miles and includes everything from jaw-dropping lakes to wildlife galore to - you guessed it! - caves.
National Geographic, "caving enthusiasts uncover new caves nearly every weekend" around the Black Hills, but if you are looking to explore something a little more well established, we recommend beginning with:
Wind Cave National Park
Located near Hot Springs, Wind Cave National Park is home to a complex cave system that dates back millions of years and spans nearly 140 miles, making it the 6th-longest cave in the world. In addition to this, the Wind Cave also boasts 95% of the world's discovered boxwork formations, making for a one-of-a-kind experience. For more information, please visit the National Park Service's
Black Hills Caverns
Welcome to the aptly-named Black Hills Caverns! First discovered in 1882, the Black Hills Caverns have "rock formations like you have never seen," all of which can be explored during one of their exciting, family-friendly tours! To schedule your tour, check out their
Jewel Cave National Monument
Now that you have explored the world's 6th-longest cave, it's time to check out the 3rd-longest: Jewel Cave! Boasting 200 miles of plotted passageways, Jewel Cave is THE place to be if you crave a true spelunking adventure, as the seasonal Wind Caving Tour (pictured) gives guests a chance to see new and narrow parts of the cave. Intrigued? Visit the National Park Service's
for more information.
You know Rushmore Mountain Adventure Park as the Mount Rushmore State's best amusement park, but did you know it also houses a cave? Billed as being the Park's first attraction, Rushmore Cave is another expansive cave system that is perfect for children and adults alike! More information can be found
Please note: Some of the caves and tours may only be open during certain times, so be sure to check before you go!
Which of these caves have you explored? Let us know in the comments! For even more to see and do around the Black Hills, check out these
8 Tiny Towns In South Dakota That Come Alive In The Summertime.
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Black Hills, United States
Jewel Cave National Monument, 11149 US-16 B-12, Custer, SD 57730, USA
Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota, USA
Rushmore Cave, 13622 SD-40, Keystone, SD 57751, USA
Black Hills Caverns, 2600 Cavern Rd, Rapid City, SD 57702, USA