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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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Great rainy day activity, and guided tour

It was a chilly morning and we decided to go see the Caves. It is an amazing tour and we had a great time!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a chilly morning and we decided to go see the Caves. It is an amazing tour and we had a great time!

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Palmas, TO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

If you would like to see the inner of the earth ... That is your place. Start in the elevator and when you go out of that you are inside the earth , marvelous and if you have the lucky to be guided for a good guide like us the experience will be fascinated . With total dark sensation and... More 

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Oceanside, New York
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129 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

We were disappointed that tours were sold out several hours in advance and had to return on another day. Since we had a 5-yr old, we were only able to take the shortest tour where you see only one room. The visitor center was small, but had well-designed exhibits and we got more out of that than from the brief... More 

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Combined Locks, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

Stopped to check out the cave on our way back from Yellowstone. Took the Scenic tour option and the 3 kids (11,10,8) loved it. Wasn't too busy during our visit. Didn't buy tickets until we were there and waited 20 minutes until next tour...

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

You cannot just show up and pay to go in. The tours are scheduled far apart and incredibly inconvenient for a family trying to maximize their sights in the area. The park truly thinks it's the only jewel around.

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Acton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

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 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

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 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

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 

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Verdi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

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 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015 via mobile

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 

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