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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. Calcite Lily Pads, Ribbon Stalactites, Boxwork Crystals, Flowstone and many more.
ATTENTION Sturgis Rally Bikers! Stop in for a nice cool underground tour for a break from the hot pavement of Sturgis!
Wonderland Caves reviews
Wife and I enjoy visiting different caves as we travel to new places for vacation. While we were in the Black Hills area, we decided to explore the Wonderland Caves, which had was advertised/promoted.... more »
The tour guide stayed up top and didn’t even come down into the cave to guide us. No warnings on the lack of oxygen with no air being pumped into the space. Several people in the group were wheezing while in the cave and went up early. They have no warnings of how many stairs there were. Approximately 100. The drive took much longer than the exploring the cave itself. If you have never been to a cave, its a nice starter cave. Was difficult to take good pictures, so bring your own flashlight. I hear that the Son gives a good tour. He is back in school and we missed him. Personally I don’t think it was worth the money. Add a laser show kid to make it new and fun.
I enjoyed the cave itself very much. I haven't seen plants growing in a cave before and thought it was very interesting. Great formations as well. Our tour guide, Mia, is the reason I'm only giving three stars instead of 5. I have never had a more rude, unprofessional, and condescending tour guide. I understand she needs to let folks know the rules, but maybe don't come down with an iron fist until it is warranted. She also made fun of people and called some folks old. Call ahead to make sure it is her day off before you go there.
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