Caves and Underground Stuff
Caves are always a
favorite with kids of
just about any age. The only thing to keep in mind
is that some cave tours
may have lots of steps or otherwise might be
difficult to maneouver with
Old gold mines such as
the Big Thunder
Gold Mine in Keystone and the Broken Boot mine up
near Deadwood can also
be fun for kids.
Two Black Hills Caves,
Wind Cave and
Jewel cave are managed by the National Park
Service. Seven others are privatedly
operated. Beautiful Rushmore Cave is the
closest to Keystone.
Sitting Bull Crystal Cave is another favorite with
children because it
has over 160 steps straight into the ground.
Adults may be less than trilled by all those
steps. For something completely
different try Thunderhead Underground Falls.
Most cave tours
take about an hour and in summer tours leave
frequently, usually three
or four times an hour, depending on the cave.
Prices vary, but
adult tickets are generally in the $8 range for
commerical caves and
somewhat cheaper at the National Park Service
caves. Caves tend to be
cool so a light jacket is usually recommended,
along with flat-soled
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