Discovered in 1939 - rediscovered daily
Guided Tours Daily Year 'Round
Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark is celebrating 75 years since the Cave opened for tours. Since then Cave of the Mounds has become the premier cave in the upper Midwest and the jewel box of America's major show caves. Guided tours of this geologic wonder follow paved, lighted walkways departing regularly every day of the year.
Tours pass a stunning array of colorful crystal formations on paved lighted walkways. Visitors also enjoy our Gemstone Mine, Fossil Dig, Butterfly Gardens, Amazing Rock/Gift Shops, Hiking/Biking Trails, Snack Bar and Picnic Area. Birthday Party Packages, Camps, School and Scout Programs are also available. Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark is located in southwest Wisconsin just 20 minutes west of Madison, off U.S. Highways 18/151.
Photography Permit Policy: Please read if you plan to take posed/formal and/or commercial photos on the grounds.
WNS in Wisconsin: For years, Cave of the Mounds has been committed to cooperating with state and federal agencies, as well as conservation groups, to provide information to the public on the value of bats and the threat posed by WNS. There are no bats in Cave of the Mounds and we are open daily year 'round for guided tours. If you want to learn more about WNS in Wisconsin, we encourage you to visit the Wisconsin DNR website.