Park rangers will be offering a variety of interpretive programs this summer. Thirty tours a day will be offered through the world's fifth-longest cave beginning at 8:40 a.m. with the last tour entering the cave at 6 p.m. New this year will be tours of the Sanson Buffalo Jump on weekends and a bird walk on Monday mornings.
People interested in exploring the park's bird life should meet at the visitor center at 9 a.m. on Mondays to join a ranger for a 90-minute bird walk in the vicinity of the visitor center. If you have them, bring binoculars and a bird identification book.
Walking tours through the cave along the Natural Entrance, Fairgrounds, Garden of Eden, and Candlelight Tours to the Pearly Gates will be given daily. Fees range from $7 to $9, with children and Senior Pass holders half price. Children five and under are free. The minimum age for the Candlelight Tour is 8 years.
All cave tours begin at the visitor center which is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visitors will need a light coat or sweater and sturdy shoes. Reservations are recommended for the more strenuous Candlelight and Wild Cave Tours; otherwise, all tours are first come, first served.
For those wanting to wander off the beaten track, the park hosts 44 square miles of prairie and forest. People can use the 30 miles of existing park trails or strike off on their own. Horses are allowed in the backcountry; obtain a permit at the park's visitor center before beginning. For more information, call the park at (605) 745-4600 or visit www.nps.gov/wica