Current COVID-19 protocol.
Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark is located in beautiful Dane County, Wisconsin.  Dane county currently has the following COVID-19 mandate in place [Dane County Mandate link].
 
Cave of the Mounds is dedicated to offering wonderful outdoor recreation, and has protocol in place to help protect our staff and guests. [Our Covid Policy].

 

To help protect our staff and guests, and to support our state and county department of public health departments, please be aware of the following when visiting COTM:
 
  • Dress for the current outdoor weather conditions as well as the 50° Cave and plan to enjoy our beautiful nature trails and outdoor activities while onsite. 
  • A limited number of Cave tickets per hour are issued in order to help maintain social distancing. You may have a wait time outdoors prior to your cave entry.
  • Cave entries are limited to one household at a time in accordance with Dane Counties mandate to allow for proper social distancing
  • Due to COVID-19, our building capacities are monitored and enforced for the safety of our staff and guests.
  • If there is a wait time for your cave experience and you do not wish to be outside, you may prefer to wait in your car.  Our parking lot is close by and all parking is free. 
  • Masks are required inside the buildings and inside the cave at all times with NO exceptions.  If you are unable to wear a mask due to health condition, we have these alternative options for you. [Our Covid Policy Link Here]
 
Please do not travel if you are sick, and please adhere to the advice that the CDC has issued including, but not limited to, frequently washing your hands, wearing a mask, and maintaining at least a 6 foot social distance from anyone not in your household.  We understand if the best choice for your family is to visit in the future instead, once the threat of the pandemic has lessened. With your assistance, Cave of the Mounds will be here for generations to come.  Open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM year-round. [Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, & Christmas Day.]
 
 We wish you happiness and great health through the holiday season!
 

Below Ground

Ticket times are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Purchasing tickets online is optional.  Tickets are also available at the door.

Hours

We are open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.

Our tour entries depart frequently.

The last entry at 4 pm.

For your safety and to protect our fragile cave: Take Photos but no tripods, mono-pods, or selfie sticks. Do not touch the cave. Please leave backpacks in vehicle because nothing is allowed on your back inside the cave. No strollers or framed carriers. The cave is cool. Dress appropriately as the cave is 50 degrees Fahrenheit or 10 degrees Celsius in the cave. No smoking or vaping in the cave. No food, drink, or gum allowed. Only bottled water in the cave.

What is a Self-Paced Tour?

Take a self-paced stroll through this geologic wonder. Entries enter regularly every day of the year. Your walk will guide you past a stunning array of colorful crystal formations on paved lighted walkways. As you explore, NEW signage will explain the science and history and our staff are stationed in the cave to make sure that you enjoy your experience.

Visitors enjoy the Cave’s constant 50-degree temperature that makes the cave feel cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Whether you’re a curious tourist or a budding cave enthusiast, Cave of the Mounds has something for everyone to discover.

Photo of family walking in the cave.

What is a Membership?

Help support the conservation of Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark by becoming a Keys to the Cave member. Membership is good for 1 year from the date of your first Cave visit. You can purchase membership for multiple members at once. All proceeds of memberships go towards protecting this geologic treasure. You can purchase your Annual Memberships in person the day of your visit.

Membership Benefits include: Keys to the Cave card, granting you unlimited Cave Tour admissions at Cave of the Mounds for 1 year

Special ‘Members Only’ events and special ‘Members Only’ discounts at Cave After Dark events

Free subscription to our email newsletter

Other great email offers throughout the year!

Discounts at other area attractions.

Cave VIP Private Guided Tours

Captivating Cave VIP Experience

$199.99

Exclusive private guided Tour for your group of 10 total family or friends!

MUST BE PURCHASED 48  HOURS IN ADVANCE

Specific time and date must be booked by phone (608) 437-3038 x0

**PLEASE INDICATE  THE DATE YOU ARE INTERESTED IN**

Tickets are non-refundable.

Photo of family in the cave.

Deluxe VIP Experience

$299.99

Exclusive guided  for your group of 10 total family or friends plus your choice of either mining bags or geodes !

MUST BE PURCHASED 48  HOURS IN ADVANCE

Specific time and date must be booked by phone (608) 437-3038 x0

**PLEASE INDICATE  THE DATE YOU ARE INTERESTED IN**

Tickets are non-refundable.

Ultimate Cave VIP Package

$399.99

Exclusive guided  for your group of 9 total family or friends plus your choice of either mining bags and geodes !

MUST BE PURCHASED 48  HOURS IN ADVANCE

Specific time and date must be booked by phone (608) 437-3038 x0

**PLEASE INDICATE  THE DATE YOU ARE INTERESTED IN**

Tickets are non-refundable.

Photo of Cave under blacklight

Fun with Fluorescence VIP Package

(9 am daily)

$249.99

9am daily by advance reservation only

Exclusive VIP private guided Black-light Tours for your group of 9 total family or friends!

MUST BE PURCHASED 48  HOURS IN ADVANCE

Specific time and date must be booked by phone (608) 437-3038 x0

**PLEASE INDICATE  THE DATE YOU ARE INTERESTED IN**

Tickets are non-refundable.