Enter a world that began forming 60 million years ago under what used to be an inland sea. You'll see numerous formations including boxwork, stalactites, stalagmites, columns, several varieties of crystals, and even helictite. What makes Wonderland special is not only its variety of formations, but its history.
Some believe all caves within the Black Hills are connected by undiscovered passageways within the Paha Sapa Limestone formation. The word Paha Sapa was a name given by the Lakota people, which can loosely be translated to "hills that are black." These hills were sacred to the Lakota, who inhabited the region for thousands of years and knew of Wonderland Cave's existence before exploration started in 1929.
The history of Wonderland Cave tours began with two loggers and their curious dog, and continues with the family-owned attraction Wonderland is today. But to hear the full story, you'll have to join us for a tour!
Tours usually take around 45 minutes depending on the group. Plan to spend at least one hour at the cave grounds. There's also the option of a shorter history-centric tour of the main cave room that avoids the stairs and going too far underground.
WHAT TO BRING
The cave stays at a constant 47 degrees, regardless of the weather outside. So bring a jacket and wear comfortable shoes for walking up and down stairs and on uneven grounds. No flashlights needed.