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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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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Activities: Group tours/day tour, Group tours/walking tour, Hiking
Description: 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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Great for a rainy day!

We spent a week in Custer St Park and of course it rained. We were able to hike some days and caved on the others. All caves are unique so this can't be compared to others such as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We spent a week in Custer St Park and of course it rained. We were able to hike some days and caved on the others. All caves are unique so this can't be compared to others such as Carlsbad but this was very beautiful in its own right. If you have time, take the tour and stay towards the back... More 

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Halifax
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18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We took the moderate tour. Turned out many other people had the same idea and our group was very large, which we thought was too bad. We had the usual several people who didn't follow directions, held up the group or we simply annoying. The caves were nice, there were not the stupendous pieces we were expecting to see as... More 

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Evergreen, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This is truly a "gem" of a find. Take note that this is a national monument and incredibly worthy of a visit. Be sure to take the tour underground to really appreciate the cave. The amount of steps sounds daunting, but it's not bad...the guide was great at stopping when appropriate, letting people catch their breath and enjoy the history... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Cool, make sure you bring a jacket. Plenty of opportunities to take pictures - with or without flash. Make sure you go early, you cannot reserve a spot in the tour and they fill up fast. Was a little disappointed that there were not many stalactites and stalagmites like most caverns and you won't see too many colors. Still worth... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences with other visitors. You are correct in that a light jacket or sweatshirt is recommended, as the cave temperature is 49 degrees year round. We do agree that pictures are welcome on the guided cave tours, but we caution visitors from using any flashes. At times, the flash photography causes... More 

Wheaton, Illinois
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48 reviews 48 reviews
26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

During the camping trip to the Black Hills my wife and I stopped one morning at Jewel Cave national Monument. We had seen wind Cave the day before but wanted to compare the cave with Jewel Cave. We got there just as the visitor center opened and because we were a little pressed on time, we did the short 30... More 

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

Thanks Ben ... your comments will certainly help other visitors. As we approach the summer season, more and more visitors will start arriving at the Monument on a daily basis. It is best to arrive early in the day for the most flexibility with available tours. At times, visitors arrive in the mid-afternoon and discover "full" tours and become disappointed.... More 

Stillwater, MN
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We visited the Jewel Cave taking the scenic tour. Our guide was Lydia, very knowledgeable and you could tell she loved her job!! The cave was wonderfully laid out for viewing, but I must warn you there were740 steps up and down!! Wonderful day as we finished the day with the 3.5 mile canyon loop hike!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I had never been on a cave tour prior to this trip but it was very cool! We did the scenic tour which was $12 for adults and a hour and a half. Its 49 degrees Fahrenheit all year round they suggest proper clothes and footwear. Some areas are slippery. At one point in the tour we were 300 some... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We visited the caves while it was snowing in Custer/Hill City to get out of the weather and it was a good experience! I am used to the caves I have seen on the east coast and this was completely different! Never again will I think all caves are the same!

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New York City, New York
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130 reviews 130 reviews
16 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We visited the jewel cave as part of our black hills road trip. Excellent choice. I have never seen such a big cave before and the guided tour were very informative. Actually pretty nice to not running through the cave alone but actually learning something.

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Glendale, California
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157 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Definitely worth the drive to see! Very friendly staff and a great way to get out of the rain or heat and have fun while learning. Bring a jacket since it does get cool down there. Very well done with the lighting and paths. I liked this one better than Wind Cave since it was more of a scenic hike

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