Black Hills Caverns

Black Hills Caverns, Rapid City: Hours, Address, Black Hills Caverns Reviews: 4/5

Black Hills Caverns
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Speciality & Gift Shops • Historic Sites • Caverns & Caves
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
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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susanlL6542BG
Emerson, United States2 contributions
Smaller destination but worth a visit
Aug 2021
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 22 September 2021
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CTfromChi
Chicago, IL5 contributions
Unexpectedly impressive! Worth it!
Sep 2021
Popped in on a whim with my family. So glad we did! We did the Adventure Tour and really enjoyed it. My daughters have never been in a cave before. I'd been on cave tours, but mostly smaller places. This was a fun, informative, and not-too-strenuous hour or so. Our guide, Adam, was really knowledgeable and open to all of our questions. The other folks working the gift shop were very hospitable - Josh shared so many good insights about other things to check out in the Rapid City area and gave us free popcorn! All in all a lovely visit. Would recommend popping in. Bring an open mind, shoes with good traction, some coins for the wishing well, and a sweater or sweatshirt -- the caves are surprisingly cool.
Written 18 September 2021
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Laura F
31 contributions
Push yourself out of your comfort zone
Sep 2021 • 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 5 September 2021
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Krista C
1 contribution
Go see the wonder!
Jul 2021 • Couples
Great 1 hour tour. Our tour guide Ethan was funny and very informative. The caves are beautiful. Do much history in the caves. Would have lived to see the caves when they were first discovered. The trip to the caverns is a very beautiful drive. Highly recommend seeing this wonder.
Written 30 July 2021
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williambA2447DF
Richmond, VA213 contributions
nice cave to explore, needed a better guide.
Jul 2021
Pretty extensive cave system, but the rock formations are not particularly impressive. The stories about the discovery and development are the most interesting part. Unfortunately, our guide mostly wanted to talk about his spelunking rather than about the cavern and it's history. Bring a sweater - it's chilly inside.
Written 28 July 2021
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Toni T
68 contributions
Great last minute add on to our trip!!
Jul 2021 • Friends
Great time and friendly staff!! My dad is 67 and on O2 . He did the first level cavern tour and Anya (our guide) was great at making sure he was okay to move on. He really appreciated that and had a great time being able to do the tour with me. My mom and I watched him pan for gems afterwards to with the help of another staff member (I believe it was Seth). Every staff member was awesome to all three of us.
Written 24 July 2021
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Luiza F
2 contributions
Great time in Black Hills Caverns
Jul 2021 • Family
My family and I loved visiting these caves. Our tour guide, Cal, was friendly and knowledgeable, reassuring and considerate. The path was slippery at times but we received heads up and were prepared by the guide for unexpected or more risky turns.
Written 21 July 2021
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Thank you!
Written 23 July 2021
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Kari M H
2 contributions
Fun for all ages!
Jul 2021 • Family
Olivia was a phenomenal tour guide to our group of 21! Our guests ranged from 5 months to 57 years! She was fun, knew when to give us breaks, and made the whole experience awesome!
Written 17 July 2021
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Thank you for stopping by and glad you had a great time with Olivia :)
Written 23 July 2021
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Lisa S
1 contribution
Great cave to see,
Jul 2021
We went on the adventure tour it was very I formative! Josh was a great guide for our tour. We really enjoyed every minute.
Written 15 July 2021
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Thank you for stopping by! :)
Written 23 July 2021
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molly l
34 contributions
Great tour adventure
Jul 2021 • Family
We enjoyed our tour with Sam. We could tell he has a true enjoyment for his job and spelunking. I've been to several caves, yet this one still had new and interesting facts and cave things.
The kids (9&15) both had fun panning for gems. It is a bit on the easy side of things, but they enjoyed the adventure anyway.
I wore flip floors and was fine walking the whole tour. They have great traction on the floors to keep from sliding around.
The kids both said their favorite things about the tour were the lion room and the experiment that happens (I'll leave a little mystery here) and the flowing rock. cave frost was high on the list too.
Written 12 July 2021
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Super glad you stopped by and you and the kids had a fun time visiting us!
Written 23 July 2021
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  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM