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Cave of the Mounds, Blue Mounds

#4 of 106 in Nature in Wisconsin
Must see · Cave · Geologic Formation
Cave of the Mounds, a natural limestone cave located near Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, United States, is named for two nearby hills called the Blue Mounds. It is located in the southern slope of the east hill. The cave's beauty comes from its many varieties of mineral formations called speleothems. The Chicago Academy of Sciences considers the Cave of the Mounds to be "the significant cave of the upper Midwest" because of its beauty, and it is promoted as the "jewel box" of major American caves. In 1987, the United States Department of the Interior and the National Park Service designated the cave as a National Natural Landmark.
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  • Very interesting. Spent about an hour touring the cave and gift shop. Tours start at specified times, but are self paced with guides stationed along the route to answer any questions.  more »
  • I recommend touring the grounds as well as the cave. All sorts of things to check out and do. A nice walking trail. The cave is cool and spectacular. Pretty cool gift shop as well.  more »
  • This is a really beautiful cave! The tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and funny. It was very interesting to see all the different formations and how untouched they were. It's also worth the cost just to get the opportunity to see what absolute darkness looks like when they turn out the lights. I'm very happy I went!
  • An incredible natural wonder, with nice gift shops, knowledgable tour guides, and fun activities for kids. We come back every year. Nothing better than stepping from a 90 degree summer day into the cool ghostly delight of a 50 degree cavern full of beautiful, seemingly impossible formations.

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