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Jewel Cave National Monument

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Address: 11149 US Hwy 16, Building B12, Custer, SD 57730
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+1 605-673-8300
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08:30 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 16:30
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Jewel Cave National Monument is home to one of the longest caves in the...

Jewel Cave National Monument is home to one of the longest caves in the world. Offering an assortment of cave formations and recreational opportunities, many visitors are truly amazed by this underground wilderness. Most impressive is the fact that exploration and discovery continue to take place at this significant natural resource.

As part of the National Park Service, the monument offers four different types of cave experiences: Scenic Tour (1 hour and 20 minutes), Discovery Talk (20 minutes) Historic Lantern Tour (1 hour and 45 minutes), and Wild Caving Tour (3 to 4 hours). During the spring months, limited tour options are available. It is recommended that visitors check online for specific tour times or call the visitor center directly for park ranger assistance.

NOTE: At present, advanced reservations for cave tour tickets are not available in 2016. It is hoped that this service will be available by Memorial Day Weekend; however, until further notice, all cave tour tickets are being sold on a first come first serve basis.

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Stalagmites and Stalagtites

I have been here twice. Whether you like the ones on top or growing from the floor you will love: Colors Cool Amazing diversity Sulfur deposits

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been here twice. Whether you like the ones on top or growing from the floor you will love: Colors Cool Amazing diversity Sulfur deposits

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La Verne, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived at 7:30 a.m. in hopes of getting on the first 1-1/2 hour tour. We brought our camping chairs to wait for the ticket booth to open. (We weren’t the only ones.) By the time the ticket booth opened, the line behind us was very lengthy. Scenic Cave Tour has a few long and step stairways that would be... More 

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McFarland, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

The Jewel Cave tour is just amazing! Arrive early and get on a tour, it is worth it. We arrived at about 8:15am and there were still many tours available (in middle of August) so we got on the 9:00am tour. We walked through the visitor center before our tour, and my son worked on his Junior Ranger booklet. The... More 

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Leonard, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

the guides the tour !! excellent but put on your walking shoes for the metal stairs ! stairs everywhere with little or no uneven ground to walk on

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NPSParkRanger, Public Relations Manager at Jewel Cave National Monument, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the Monument. We appreciate the additional assistance with guidance for future park visitors. You are correct in suggesting to wear good walking shoes ... perhaps even boots ... as the metal platforms and bridge-like structures are not designed for sandals, flip flops, flats, etc. Best wishes for the winter season. Please continue to visit... More 

Berkley
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

I really enjoyed this part of our trip.You go pretty far underground and see some amazing rock formations an quartz and learn a lot about the natural history of the area. Our tour guide was fantastic. Note that you are going up and down stairs constantly. I believe they said it was over 700 stairs. Definitely worth seeing!

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NPSParkRanger, Public Relations Manager at Jewel Cave National Monument, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Jewel Cave National Monument. We are glad to read that you experienced a positive tour and learned about some of the geological history of the Monument. You are correct ... there are 723 stairs on the popular Scenic Tour. It is considered moderate to strenuous. Although most visitors can easily navigate the... More 

Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

We enjoyed our visit to jewel cave. From the visitor center to the cave itself, it was educational and very interesting. Our guide was well informed and we got to see things we had only seen on TV. Well worth the trip!

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NPSParkRanger, Public Relations Manager at Jewel Cave National Monument, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words and for sharing your feedback about your experiences. We wish you nothing but the best with your future travels and hope you continue to enjoy the last month of the NPS Centennial. More 

Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

I have been in numerous caves around the world, and this tour was outstanding. National Park Rangers lead the 75 minute tour up and down the many twists and turns of this third largest cave system in existence. The formations are beautiful and the stairways and pathways are very well done. The cave is surprisingly dry in most areas. the... More 

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NPSParkRanger, Public Relations Manager at Jewel Cave National Monument, responded to this review

Wonderful review ... thanks! Your information is on target and will help future visitors plan for an educational (and memorable) experience. We hope you have a chance to come back and check out our new park film, which is planned for completion in late 2017. Combined with our new exhibits, new brochure, and some other pending visitor service projects, we... More 

Nanaimo, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Be sure to take the cave tour at Jewel Cave National Monument. Although well lit, a flashlight in your hand will make you feel safer. Wear closed toe shoes and a fleece or jacket.

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NPSParkRanger, Public Relations Manager at Jewel Cave National Monument, responded to this review

Excellent comments! Thank you for sharing the additional guidance with future visitors, as this review will certainly attract some additional attention. At 49 degrees year round, a fleece or light jacket is definitely a good choice. Best wishes for the winter months. Happy NPS Centennial! More 

Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

The tour of Jewel cave was very educational and the cave had some really cool formations. Its the largest cave that I've ever visited and was very impressive.

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NPSParkRanger, Public Relations Manager at Jewel Cave National Monument, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review, and we are happy to read that you enjoyed your experiences on-site. We hope you continue to explore and discover even more public lands in the future. Best wishes and have an enjoyable winter season! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

This is an incredible experience! We took the mid level tour (about .5 miles of caverns under 250 ft down). I was really concerned that I would feel claustrophobic, but the nature of the cave (breathing) meant it was fresh and some of the caverns were HUGE! Totally worth the trip. Ours kids (age 9 &11) really grooved on all... More 

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NPSParkRanger, Public Relations Manager at Jewel Cave National Monument, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your comments online, and we sincerely appreciate the positive review. We especially appreciate your thoughts about the cave environment. Our staff is often asked about the tour routes, passage sizes, etc. It's always nice to have additional "publicity" from visitors to reassure others that all is OK underground. Best wishes for the remainder of the winter... More 

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