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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]
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.
 We wish you happiness and great health through the holiday season!

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.

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Anti-discrimination policy  

Cave of the Mounds, National Natural Landmark believes that equal opportunity is important for the continuing success of our organization. In accordance with state, federal, and municipal laws, this foundation intends to comply with these laws which preclude negative discrimination because of race, disability, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, military status, or any other protected classification.