Alpine Road Box 83
Deadwood, SD 57759
Back in the 1800’s there is no physical evidence to indicate that Indians used the cavern, but they undoubtedly knew about its existence from artifacts found. In 1874 General Custer on his first expedition through the Black Hills passed below the cavern unaware of its location in the Limestone cliffs above. Not until 1929 when a search for a lost dog led two loggers to the upper room of the cavern was Wonderland Cave brought to light. That same year the two men tried to mine in the cave for Gold, the search lasted for a year before they began work on the cavern taking the first commercial tours during the summer of 1930.
Over the years extensive exploration and development took place to open more than two dozen rooms that are featured in Beautiful Wonderland Cave. Formations found in Wonderland Cave are Stalactites, Stalagmites, Dogtooth Spar Crystals, Column Formations, Helictites, Lobulites, better known as Popcorn Crystal and frost Crystals. wonderland Cave also has Calcite Lily Pads, Ribbon Stalactites, Boxwork Crystals, Flowstone and many more.
Hours of Operation: May 1-October 31 7 days a week Summer hours: 8AM to 7PM Last tour 6PM Fall hours 9AM to 5PM Last Tour 4PM Tour Length: 45 minutes to 1 hour
**Please take note there are approximately 110 steps you will have to go up to exit the cave.