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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