Learn About Cave of the Mounds
Cave of the Mounds will continue to follow the guidance of local public health officials to assess the situation as the health and safety of Cave of the Mounds guests and staff is our top priority.
DUE TO CURRENT DANE COUNTY, WISCONSIN COVID19 PLAN:
To ensure a visit through the Cave, we recommend arriving earlier in the day whenever possible. Self Guided tours depart every few minutes into the Cave. Tours are scheduled first come, first served and tickets cannot be reserved in advance. A limited # of tickets per slot are available through 4pm daily. However if it is busy – especially Saturdays and Sundays – the tours through 4pm may sell out early. Once we reach capacity, Cave tours for the day are sold out. Our surface nature trails, gift shop and mining sluice remain open until 5pm daily even if tours sell out early.
Something Old Below Ground
Over millions of years ago, deep beneath the ground, Cave of the Mounds began to form. Water gradually
dissolved the rock to create this magical underground world. Guided tours take you past a varied
collection of colorful stalactites, stalagmites, columns and other crystal formations. Our experienced
guides will delight you with tales of the history, science and imagery of the various caverns and
passageways you walk through.
Something New Above Ground
The experience doesn’t stop below ground. Above ground, visitors to the Cave will find an array of
activities to keep young and old alike entertained. Visit one of the most unique shops around – Our Rock
Shop contains hundreds of unique minerals, fossils and gemstones.
Fill your pockets with treasure at our Gem Mining Sluice.
Or wander our rock gardens, perennial gardens, woodland restoration, and nature trails.