Caving & Spelunking
been said that much of the beauty of the Black Hills lies underground.
That's an overstatement, but the Black Hills is home to perhaps the largest
cave system in the world. This fact has only recently come to light as
scientists now believe most of this caves here are interconnected.
As it stands, the two caves managed by
the National Park Service -- Wind Cave National Park and Jewell Cave National
Monument -- separated by 30 miles on the surface, may in fact be connected.
If you like touring caves, there are eight
to choose from. Six (Rushmore, Sitting Bull, Wonderland, Crystal Caverns,
Stagebarn and Black Hills Caverns) are operated commercially. Wind and
Jewell caves are operated by the National Park Service.
Additionally, there are many other caves
known only to spelunkers.
Tours range from short and even handicapped
accessible, to complete spelunking packages.
By the way, please don't ask which is the
"best" cave. There's no simple answer to that. Certainly the most convenient
to Keystone is Rushmore Cave just six miles out of town. This cave is easy
to tour without too many steps and has one of the largest "rooms" of any
Our personal favorite is the messy Spelunking
Tour at Jewell Cave, but it's wet, cold and grimy -- and takes most of
the day. We guess that means it's not for everyone, but it is a real experience.
For more about caves click HERE. For more about spelunking click HERE.
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