Rushmore Cave

Closest cave to Mount Rushmore.

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Rushmore Cave

Scenic Walking Tour

This fun & educational underground guided tour of Rushmore Cave reveals the beautiful and amazing carvings formed by nature. Explore subterranean passageways that lead to spectacular stalactite rooms and discover other natural limestone cave formations.

An expert guide will lead you on a journey through local history, Rushmore Cave geology and the many untold stories that reveal the hidden world that lies beneath us. It’s a total must-do attraction for anyone visiting the Black Hills of South Dakota.

The scenic walking tour is approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour in length. Some stooping in places for low ceiling & the ability to climb many stairs and inclines, as well as navigate uneven paths are necessary. During the summer season, cave tours leave regularly so come at your convenience, no reservations required. (Just know that the last cave tour leaves one hour before closing.) If you are visiting in the Spring or Fall, please call 605-255-4384 for the current tour schedule.

Flashlight Tour

New for 2018, experience an authentic old-world caving adventure on our flashlight tour. Your adrenaline will be pumping as you follow your guide through the underground passageways with only the beam of a flashlight. These tours are only offered at 6 pm Mon-Fri & 7 pm Saturday & Sunday, from the end of May through the first few days in August. We will take the first adventurers through our doors each evening, or you can call 605-255-4384 to reserve a spot. Space is limited and the ticket price includes a flashlight to use on this caving adventure, which is then yours to keep! See pricing here

Ready For Extreme Adventure?

Try our Xpedition Adventure Tour and go spelunking!  This is a true caving adventure that requires belly crawling through some tight spaces. Our experienced guides will lead you through some areas off of the main tour route that almost no one else sees. This extreme adventure is not for the faint of heart and is not recommended for the claustrophobic. 

To qualify for the tour, guests must make it through a space 10″ x 22″. Guests need to be sure they can make the crawl before they make reservation. To test this at home we recommend the guest put a tension rod 10″ high in a doorway and crawl under. You will need to wear long pants, shoes with a sturdy sole, long sleeve shirt recommended. You will get dirty, expect that. We supply caving helmets, headlamps, knee pads, and elbow pads. All guests must sign a waiver.  Tour lasts approximately 2 1/2 hours. The max tour is 5 guests and a trip leader. The minimum age is 12, with a parent or legal guardian signing the waiver. Guests that are 16 and under must have a parent or legal guardian accompany them on the tour.

No refunds will be given. Tour consists of a regular walking tour followed by a journey into the Rouge Room, Arrowhead Room, and Bookworm Alley.

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