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Jewel Cave National Monument

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Address: 11149 US Hwy 16, Building B12, Custer, SD 57730
Phone Number: +1 605-673-8300
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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 winter months, limited tour options are available. Furthermore, the monument is open Mondays through Fridays through early March.

NOTE: At present, advanced reservations for cave tour tickets are not available in 2015. 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.

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Very nice experience and tour for a change of pace

Katie was our tour guide, a young college graduate who clearly earned her ranger stripes by her new-found knowledge of geology and enthusiasm as a public speaker. The caves were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Acton, Massachusetts
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Acton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Katie was our tour guide, a young college graduate who clearly earned her ranger stripes by her new-found knowledge of geology and enthusiasm as a public speaker. The caves were quite interesting, deep underground, and worth a visit. There were a variety of stalactites and stalagmites to be seen, although most of the cave was dry. Above all, it was... More 

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St. Cloud, MN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I had never done a cave tour, so I was excited for this. We were not let down. Price is great, tour leader was very good, tour was interesting, and plenty of formations and cave aspects to see. Makes me want to do more cave tours. I'd you are interested in a cave tour I'd definitely say this is a... More 

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South Lake Tahoe, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are so many caves in this area so it makes it hard to pick one but after 4 locals recommend Jewel we decided on it. We were very glad we did. The Park Service guide was excellent pointing out formations and he really didn't hurry us along although the tour was full. We recommend that you get there pretty... More 

1 Thank Tahoe1840
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Go early and don't miss out. There are fewer tours now that the "season" is past. But, there are tours every day, just like at any national monument…check their website. Jewel cave is worth the drive to find it and worth the time to tour it. I love caves and this one ranks near the top of my list!

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Guests take an elevator down into the cave. This ride begins to build the anticipation of what will be seen. Upon entrance into the first extensive and enormous cave, guests are "wowed" by the underground, jeweled beauty. Through tunnels, stairways, and ramps the tour is a constant feast for the eyes. Bring a headlamp or flashlight, but only use it... More 

2 Thank CB J
Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped here in October. Our first visit. Great staff, enthusiastic and knowledgeable Guide, good sights to see and learn about. The cave area continues to grow with on-going exploration. Interesting.

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Lakewood, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's true this may not be the "prettiest" cave in America, but it's still a cool cave to tour (we went on the Scenic Tour) and a great introduction to caves for our kids. The tour guide was great (and patient with many repeat questions). The pathway and gang-planks going up, down, and all around keep the tour interesting for... More 

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West Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although Jewel cave is quite a bit more ornate than Wind Cave it still was nothing compared to Carlsbad Caverns even though Jewel cave is much larger. I was looking forward to doing some of the trails but roof trail was mostly closed due to construction and the canyon trail did not seem to take you into canyons although we... More 

1 Thank Sonia S
Encinitas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

As a family, we have venture several caves and caverns, but Jewel Cave was a nice surprise. The tram ride was a bonus and the guide was very informative. The caverns were well preserved allowing the public take its beauty. Well worth the stop on our travels.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

My spouse and I love caving so we were excited to take the Lantern Tour which was described as physically challenging. We chose to walk the mile from the Visitor's Center to the old cave opening. We had an informative pre-tour talk by a volunteer. Our young guide was engaging. The day of our tour, the elevator for the main... More 

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