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 [Public Health Madison & Dane County — Current Order].
Cave of the Mounds is dedicated to offering wonderful outdoor recreation and has a 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:
  • Due to COVID-19, our building capacities are monitored and enforced for the safety of our staff and guests.
  • 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 conditions, we have these alternative options for you. [Our Covid Policy Link Here]

Tours Daily - Open Rain or Shine!


We are open daily from 9 am to 5 pm

Self guided tours depart frequently allowing for ample social distancing

Last Cave entry time is 4 pm daily

Cave Admission

Regular Admission (Ages 13+)…$18.95

Child Admission (Ages 4-12)…$10.95

Tot Admission (Ages 3 and under)…Free

Getting Here

2975 Cave of the Mounds Road

Blue Mounds, WI 53517-0148

Join our team. Now Hiring

Currently, we are accepting job applications for the following positions:


Retail Associate

Cave Educator

Parks & Gardens Maintenance Crew

Facilities & Grounds Maintenace Assistant


Photo of Beauty Rooms inside the cave
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.

Available Daily​

  • Quarry’s Edge Gift Shop and Mining Sluice – Rocks, minerals and fossils from all over the world delight geology lover’s of all ages! Hand pick your favorites or uncover your own collection at the sluice! Indoor sluice available seasonally.
  • Barn Fossil Hunt – Enjoy some fresh air and take the short walk up the trail to our Barn Fossil Hunt. Learn about the fossils commonly found in southwest Wisconsin. Then, search the limestone foundation of our historic barn which is filled with dozens of authentic Wisconsin fossils!
  • Trails – Discover the grounds around the mound! Grab an Interpretive Trail Guide and Geologic Time booklet and learn all about caves, sinkholes and how Wisconsin has changed through geologic time. Please dress for the weather to explore these nature trails.

What's Happening!

  • Monthly Educational Add on: For an additional $2 you can enhance your visit with the educational theme of the month (link to events month by month) and then as you tour the cave you will learn more about that theme, and get a natural souvenir to take home. Themes include Crystals, Rocks, Minerals, Fossils, Gems, Geodes, and more! Become a Keys to the Cave member and come every month so you learn about them all!

Contact Us

Phone: 608-437-3038

Email: – general information and inquiries – group reservations and education department


P.O. Box 148,

2975 Cave of the Mounds Road

Blue Mounds, WI 53517-0148


Weekdays: 9 am to 5 pm

Entries depart frequently.

Last tour entry at 4 pm

Weekends: 9 am to 5 pm

Entries depart frequently.

Last tour entry at 4 pm

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