Filled with subterranean, crystalline passages in Paha Sapa limestone, this site offers 45-minute tours of the world's ... More
Sitting Bull Crystal Caverns
Filled with subterranean, crystalline passages in Paha Sapa limestone, this site offers 45-minute tours of the world's most extensive display of dog-tooth spar crystal, including such special sites as the Chandelier Room, Crystal Palace, Rainbow Arch and the Diamond Lake that features clear, still water reflecting a grandiose crystal ceiling.
If you have been to a few caves you are probably used to stalactites and stalagmites this cave is completely different. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Definately a worth the trip if you are on your way to Mt Rushmore. Stairs are definately a hike not for those with heart problems!!!
Compared to the Rushmore Cave, this was a huge disppointment. I wasn't too keen on the climbing in the first place, but after reading a few reviews, I figured it was something worth seeing, so we decided to go for it. What a waste - we were told that the tour would last about 45 minutes - the only way it was even close to 30 minutes was if we counted waiting for the people in front of us to make it up the stairs (which are a heart attack waiting to happen for some people). There were a lot of crystals, but not much else to see. The most interesting part was the "reflecting pool", which was less than 1 minute of the tour. There are enough other attractions near Rushmore to visit - skip this one.
Sitting Bull Crystal Caverns was a very interesting cave. The tour guide was very educated as well as humorous. The stories and legends of the cave as well as how the cave formed was very interesting. Getting up and down was a pretty steep climb. I wouldn't recommend it for young children. Also, I wouldn't recommend it for the elderly or anyone who has trouble with stairs and climbing. One more thing to think about is that the cave does get cold, much colder than outside, so dress appropriately. The handrails are pretty cold and slippery, so you need to be careful.
Overall, it was very beautiful (the crystals were awesome) and definitely a worthwhile experience for a reasonable price (I believe it was $8.50), just make sure that you are capable and can handle the heights and steps.