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Jewel Cave National Monument

11149 US Hwy 16, Building B12, Custer, SD 57730
+1 605-673-8300
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Ranked #9 of 26 Attractions in Custer
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, National Parks
Activities: Group tours/day tour, Group tours/walking tour, Hiking
Owner description: Jewel Cave National Monument is home to one of the longest caves in the world. Offering an assortment of cave formations and recreational... more » Owner description: 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 Cave Tour (3 to 4 hours). Furthermore, an array of surface programs are also available during the summer months, which include guided nature hikes, interpretive patio talks, and special events. NOTE: Beginning around April 1, 2014, Hwy 16 within the monument will be under construction. Traffic delays will occur throughout the spring, summer, and fall seasons. This is combined with a parking lot improvement project near the visitor center. For these reasons, advanced tour reservations will not be available in 2014. Cave tour tickets will only be made available on a first come first serve basis at the Monument. Interested park guests are welcome to call the visitor center directly for planning assistance. « less
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Port Orange, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This came has many neat features, but most interesting to me was the emphasis on cave exploration. I had no real concept of what was involved until I toured this cave.

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Farmington, CT
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I guess once you have seen the Carsbad Caverns, it take a lot to impress. As a cave goes, it was nice and Ranger Melissa was very informative and entertaining. From talking with other visitors, this attraction is better than Wind Caves. From our perspective it was informational. If you have not been in a cave, this is a good... More

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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I've toured a lot of caves and this was a pretty good cave especially for just $12. Take a jacket because it stays pretty cold in there! Make sure you wear you're walking shoes! Lots of stairs! We weren't able to tour Wind Cave but the people that had toured Wind Cave already said this was the better cave.

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Fairfield, OH
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43 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We did experience getting stopped in traffic for about 15 minutes on our way there, due to the road construction. Then we missed the turn into the visitor center parking lot because none of the vehicles in front of us turned into it, and there was a construction vehicle and person standing in the entrance, which led us to think... More

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Poulsbo, Washington
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54 reviews 54 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We took the cave tour and lucked out since only four of us were on it. We had taken the same tour in 1998, but had forgotten a lot, so it was like we had not taken it before. It is an interesting cave, with a few wet areas. They are actively exploring the cave, adding to the known length... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The gems may not have any monetary value, but this was time well-spent- a gem in our park system. We've been in many caves over the years and still enjoy the experience. Today we went on the first tour of the day and the ranger was one of the best ever. Her enthusiasm was contagious. In response to some of... More

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CDA ID
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131 reviews 131 reviews
24 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Cave! I've been to lots of cave's and this one of the top 10. The rooms are large and lots of different formation to see, one of the biggest piece of cave bacon. If you do the adventure tour there is 723 steps, they are not all at one time and not hard to climb at all. Our guide was... More

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Decatur
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Jewel cave is what they call a dry cave so you want see many large stalagmites or stalactites but the formations that you see are interesting. We took the 90 minute tour and enjoyed it. The ranger was knowledgeable and funny. Also, keep in mind that the cave temperature is 49°F.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Went on the long tour, very safe as all the steps (Lots) and platforms are all metal. Not seeing any "Frostwork" which is not within view of tour. Seen plenty of popcorn and the guide had some good stories. This cave I put in the seen it once is enough category.

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

Thank you for the feedback related to your cave tour experience. Like most caves, everyone views the formations with a different opinion. What one person likes for beauty is overshadowed by another person's expectations for strenuous crawls, etc. In the Black Hills, there are multiple caves ... both public and private. And, it would be safe to suggest that each... More

Sherman, Texas
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We had some extra time so we decided to try and do a cave tour. We chose the Jewel Cave because it was closest to where we were staying. We got there in mid-afternoon and I was concerned about not getting tickets. That would not have been a problem as there were very few people there. It's quite a walk... More

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NPSParkRanger, Front Office Manager at Jewel Cave National Monument, responded to this review

Thank you for your sharing your feedback. First and foremost, we apologize for evidently not placing appropriate signs in areas that captured your attention. The monument offers two signs of this nature for visitor awareness. One is located near the parking lot, in direct line of visitor traffic to and from the facility. While the second is located next to... More

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