Cave of the Mounds

2975 Cave of the Mounds Road


Cave of the Mounds takes its name from the Blue Mounds, two large hills which have long been Wisconsin landmark features. The West Mound, at 1716 feet, is the highest point in Southern Wisconsin; the East Mound reaches 1489 feet. Cave of the Mounds lies under the southern slope of the East Mound.

This area was settled by Ebenezer Brigham, a successful lead miner who became Dane County's first permanent white settler in 1828. The West Mound is now a Wisconsin state park; part of the East Mound still belongs to the Brigham family. Brigham County Park lies along the wooded northern edge of this East Mound. Both parks afford magnificent vistas of southern Wisconsin.

Cave of the Mounds was accidentally discovered on August 4, 1939. Workers, who were removing high quality limestone from a quarry on the Brigham Farm, blasted into the Cave. The blast tore the face off the quarry and revealed a great underground cavern. All quarrying stopped and never resumed. The dynamite blast revealed a limestone cave more than twenty feet high opening into other rooms and galleries, all containing numerous mineral formations.

Millions of visitors later, the Cave's wooden walkways were replaced with concrete; a large stone building replaced the original entry building; and theatrical lighting has been installed to dramatize the colors and shapes within the Cave. Picnic areas, walking trails, rock gardens, gift shops and a visitor center have all since been developed. Come help us celebrate 75 years during our annual Discovery Days!


Karl Meiser

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018

Nice place although a smaller sized set of caves. The caves can only be viewed while on a tour. The to your lasts about an hour although that includes some time in one place listening to the history of the location.

Beckie Kuipers

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018

I brought my boyfriend of their special event of Love on the Rocks. I could not have been more pleased. the Event was amazing, the Caves were spectacular, and the staff was fantastic!

Narek Ohanyan

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

Good experience. The caves are filled with interesting rocks and stones, and the tour was very cool. The gift shop is very overpriced, but they have bathrooms, water, and outside activities like treasure panning and magic sand and stuff like that. A fun once in a lifetime visit.

Melissa Cavenaile

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

A guided tour through a beautiful geographical feature created by glacial activity. Our winter trip meant smaller crowds, however the cave is a steady and comfortable 50 degrees.

Seth Keel

Friday, Jan. 5, 2018

Great place for both kids and adults. Super friendly staff. If you like geology or just want to see the world from a completely different perspective, this is worth the time.