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Did you know that, in addition to stalactites, stalagmites, and other cave formations, Cave of the Mounds contains a wide variety of fossils?  That’s right, ancient creatures are preserved in the rock right beneath our feet!  Looking at these fossils can take our imaginations back to a time when Wisconsin was a totally different—and amazing—place.

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We are so proud and honored to announce that Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark was nominated for and received the 2017 Governor’s Tourism Stewardship Award.

Here is the nomination:
“Not only is Cave of the Mounds one of the top natural tourist destinations in the state, but the attraction also strives to be a leader in the community and industry. With it’s geological wonder below ground and an Environmental Education Center above ground, Cave of the Mounds weaves environmental stewardship, conservation and education into every aspect of their operation. From creating eco-friendly parking lots, to preserving surrounding grounds by planting native prairie and savanna plants, Cave of the Mounds has continually worked to preserve a fragile natural treasure while maintaining a viable business. As a founding member of Travel Green Wisconsin, Cave of the Mounds has remained on the forefront of stewardship and conservation efforts in Wisconsin’s tourism Industry.”

Guided tours of this geologic wonder depart regularly every day of the year. Tours pass 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.

Visitors also enjoy our Gemstone Mine, Fossil Dig, Butterfly Gardens, Amazing Rock/Gift Shops, Hiking/Biking Trails, Snack Bar and Picnic Area. Birthday Party Packages, Camps, Events, School and Scout Programs are also available. Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark is located in southwest Wisconsin just 20 minutes west of Madison, off U.S. Highways 18/151.


  • TripAdvisor5

    “Super Cool”

    The Cave of the Mounds was fabulous. It is a true gem in our state of Wisconsin. The tour guides were engaging and knowledgeable. It was a fascinating experience for our whole family.
  • TripAdvisor2

    “What an Incredible Experience”

    You MUST see this incredible geological site. A limestone cave that allows you to journey back over 1 million years to see history literally beneath your feet. Easy access and great for all ages. Staff is beyond excellent and the experience is once in a lifetime. What an absolute hidden treasure.

  • TripAdvisor9

    “Great Family Adventure”

    We had such a fun time exploring the cave. It’s not something you see every day.

  • TripAdvisor11

    “Amazing Time!”

    This is definitely something you need to go to at least once in your lifetime! To see how nature creates its own beauty is just amazing to see!

  • TripAdvisor1

    “Great Experience”

    We love to visit caves all over the U.S. and Mexico. This one is one of the best. The tours are well organized and easy to access. The rock formations are amazing. The surrounding grounds are beautiful. It is definitely worth your time!

  • TripAdvisor10

    “Fun and Educational”

    Cave of the Mounds was the highlight of our trip. The kids enjoyed the tour and learned alot. Highly recommended!

  • TripAdvisor8

    “A Learning Experience!”

    A must see! The cave is facinating for adults and children. The guide was very informative and funny, very enjoyable!!

  • TripAdvisor7

    “Excellent Tour!”

    A very impressive cave tour definitely suitable for smaller kids and up. Lots of interesting things to see, kids were enthralled the whole time.

  • TripAdvisor3

    “Great Family Day Trip!”

    We had heard of this natural wonder and finally had a chance to experience the hidden gem it is! The tour is only an hour plus there are other attractions for the kids to do.

  • TripAdvisor4


    This was such a fascinating place to check out! Definitely a hidden gem.

  • TripAdvisor6


    Truly awesome. Astonishing beauty. The cave is beautifully lit. The tour proceeds like a musical score, with tight spots and twisting paths that open into soaring, cathedral-like spaces. The tour guides seem to love being there, and who wouldn’t?