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!
 

Visit FAQs

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. Cave of the Mounds is the premier cave in the upper Midwest and the jewel box of America’s major show caves.

Questions Answered Here

Stay & Play

  • Discover Treasure at the Gemstone Mine
  • Explore our Rock & Fossil Gift Shop
  • Crack open a Geode
  • Get certified as an Adventure Ranger
  • Walk along our Geologic Timeline
  • Find fossils at our Barn Fossil Hunt
  • Hike the Interpretive Nature Trails
  • Observe the Rock & Perennial Gardens
Cave Admission. Regular admission for ages 13 and over are $18.95 a ticket. Child Admission for ages 4 to 12 are $10.95 a ticket. Kids ages 3 and under are free admission.

Hours

We are open daily from 9 am to 5 pm

Our tour entries depart frequently

The last entry enters at 4 pm

Getting Here

2975 Cave of the Mounds Road

Blue Mounds, WI 53517-0148

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.

REQUIREMENTS

Yes, masks are required.

In accordance with safety protocols outlined by the Center for Disease Control, all staff and guests are required to wear a face covering or masks inside the buildings and inside the cave. We ask that staff and guests keep a 6-foot distance throughout your visit.

Masks covering your mouth and nose are required for those over 2 years old.

Masks will be available for purchase in both the Visitor Center and Gift Shop. 

 

COVID19 Response Plan

There are many hand sanitizing stations present throughout the two main buildings.

The Cave is not wheelchair, walker or stroller accessible, however, most above ground activities are.

While strollers are NOT allowed inside the cave, we do have front facing baby carriers that you can borrow for no charge. Also we have a stroller parking area just outside the cave entrance building.

Pets are NOT allowed on the grounds, trails, or in buildings. However, we do have free dog kennels to use while visiting us.

Pets are permitted in the upper main parking area only and must be supervised and leashed – or otherwise contained – at all times.

All pets – except service animals assisting people with disabilities – are prohibited in the cave, buildings and on interpretive nature trails.

Pet owners are responsible for proper removal and disposal of their pets’ waste. Waste should be collected and contained in a pet waste bag and disposed of in trash receptacles.

Leaving your pet unattended in or near your vehicle for periods of time is dangerous to your pet, exposes you or your pet to potential problems, and is inconsiderate to other guests. Cave of the Mounds is not responsible for decisions made in regards to a pet’s health and safety.

Loose pets may be seized and are subject to local laws pertaining to stray animals. If your pet is lost, inform the local authorities to find the location of the nearest stray-holding facility.

Pets must be under owner control at all times. Pet owners are not allowed to let their pets interfere in any manner with other people’s enjoyment of the park.

Pets are permitted in the upper main parking area only and must be supervised and leashed – or otherwise contained – at all times.

We have tours leaving frequently so you won’t have to wait very long.

We also have plenty of above ground activities to do while you wait.

To facilitate social distancing, a limited number of tickets are available per entry time.

The cave has paved paths and is a constant 50-degree Fahrenheit.

We recommend a light jacket in the summer.

For footwear, we suggest close-toed shoes, like tennis shoes,  since it is damp and cool in the cave.

VISITING

We have one main parking lot that currently does not have a cover charge.

Handicap parking is available at the bottom of the service drive.

Parking for large campers and trailers is available near our Barn Discovery Center.

A bicycle rack is provided by the handicap parking at the bottom of the service drive near the buildings.

The Cave is not wheelchair, walker or stroller accessible, however, most above ground activities are. We also have a handicap accessible stall  in each restroom.

While strollers are NOT allowed inside the cave, we do have front facing baby carriers that you can borrow for no charge. Also we have a stroller parking area just outside the cave entrance building.

Pets are NOT allowed on the grounds, trails, or in buildings. However, we do have free dog kennels available seasonally.

Pets are permitted in the upper main parking area only and must be supervised and leashed – or otherwise contained – at all times.

All pets – except service animals assisting people with disabilities – are prohibited in the cave, buildings and on interpretive nature trails.

Pet owners are responsible for proper removal and disposal of their pets’ waste. Waste should be collected and contained in a pet waste bag and disposed of in trash receptacles.

Leaving your pet unattended in or near your vehicle for periods of time is dangerous to your pet, exposes you or your pet to potential problems, and is inconsiderate to other guests. Cave of the Mounds is not responsible for decisions made in regards to a pet’s health and safety.

Loose pets may be seized and are subject to local laws pertaining to stray animals. If your pet is lost, inform the local authorities to find the location of the nearest stray-holding facility.

Pets must be under owner control at all times. Pet owners are not allowed to let their pets interfere in any manner with other people’s enjoyment of the park.

Pets are permitted in the upper main parking area only and must be supervised and leashed – or otherwise contained – at all times.

Our guests are welcome to take pictures inside the cave and throughout the property.

Tri-pods, mono-pods and selfie sticks are not allowed inside the cave. 

Professional/staged photography requires a purchased photo permit

 

For Photographers taking posed/formal photos (e.g., engagement, wedding, senior year, family)

DAILY one-time use above ground permit – $30Photographers must have a permit for each individual photo session or shoot with each client. Mini shoots are considered multiple sessions and require an annual photography permit.

ANNUAL above ground photography permit – $300 per year. The annual permit allows multiple sessions with different clients in a day or on multiple occasions for one year starting from the permit purchase date.

Photography Permit Policy PDF

 

Guest WiFi is available above ground near the Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

Basic first aid supplies such as Band-aides and ice packs are available upon request in the Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

Cave of the Mounds accepts cash and card (except American Express). No personal checks accepted.

There is not an ATM on-site at Cave of the Mounds. There are ATMs in both Blue Mounds and Mount Horeb, both towns are located approx. 5 minutes or less from Cave of the Mounds.

 

Restrooms are available inside the Visitor Center.

Changing stations are available in both restrooms.

Accessibility: Each restroom has one handicap accessible stall.

TICKETS

Tickets can be bought both when you arrive and online. However, ticket times are given when a physical ticket is picked up. Or if you reserve a VIP package.

Cave of the Mounds endorses FREE gemstone mining coupons in some print publications and online.
There are no online discounts endorsed by Cave of the Mounds for Cave Tour admission. Any Cave Tour discounts you may find online are not endorsed by Cave of the Mounds and are not legitimate discounts.

Group rates are available for groups of 20 or more with two weeks advanced notice. A small group package is also available for groups of 10 or more with two weeks advanced notice.

Cave of the Mounds accepts cash and card (except American Express). No personal checks accepted.

There is not an ATM on-site at Cave of the Mounds. There are ATMs in both Blue Mounds and Mount Horeb, both towns are located approx. 5 minutes or less from Cave of the Mounds.

 

MEMBERS

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 or online after purchasing a ticket.

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.

PARK GROUNDS GUIDELINES

Picnic areas are available for our guests throughout our property.

Please keep food out of the gardens and trails.

Campfires are prohibited.

Help preserve the park’s serene atmosphere and maintain its unique and beautiful collections and native habitats.

Please refrain from climbing on trees and shrubs, picking fruits and vegetables, walking in garden beds, collecting plants, flowers, or labels, and feeding wildlife.

Active sports and games – including rollerblading, skateboarding, use of scooters, Frisbees, and ball playing, — are not permitted.

Concealed carry firearms are prohibited on Cave of the Mounds property.

Individuals who are licensed to carry concealed guns must safely store their firearms in their car’s glove compartment, trunk, or locked case while visiting Cave of the Mounds.

The Cave and buildings at Cave of the Mounds are smoke-free environments, including e-cigarettes. Please displose of cigarette butts properly in the containers provided on the grounds.

Service animals are permitted on Garden grounds. No pets, please.

Please refer to our “Pet Policy” above for all non-service animal companions.