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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 #10 of 24 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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Kentucky
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We toured both Jewell cave and wind cave. They are very different as Jewell is a wet cave and Wind cave is dry. This caused very different formations in the caves. We enjoyed both visits. We did the scenic tour which was interesting. There was a lot of construction in the area but it only delayed us about 15 minutes... More

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Apopka, FL
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69 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I am crazy about caves but this is really cool. It is one of the longest and most complex caves in the world. Cavers have mapped out over 160 miles of underground wilderness. This is a great cave for kids, too just make sure everyone used the restroom before they enter because the tour is typically 45- 1 1/2 long... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Our family of 6, all kids under 10, visited. I did research ahead--with the road construction on hwy 16, they no longer offered advanced ticket sales. That means, show up early and be prepared to wait a couple hours before your tour starts. They don't seem to have a well-organized parking lot during the construction (the Jewel Cave is also... More

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

Thank you for your review regarding your trip to Jewel Cave National Monument. You are correct in stating that there is a possible wait for tours, especially later in the afternoon, and the added construction offers a few other "obstacles". We encourage other visitors to follow your direction in doing research of Jewel Cave National Monument by calling ahead, visiting... More

San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

jewel cave is one of the best. If you like caves this is a must do! There is road construction (mid July) and can delay your coming and going so take this into account

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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We went to Jewel cave and after looking at tour options and times, decided on the lantern tour. From the visitor center, we needed to hike or drive 1.5 miles for the lantern tour. We decided to hike. We had a fair amount of time to get there and road construction in the area would have made the drive just... More

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Vadnais Heights, Minnesota
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166 reviews 166 reviews
107 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This place can get very crowded. We were able to get tickets by going early (9:15) but I don't know if that would have been true later. We had to wait until our tour time at 11:00 but made good use of the museum, We got a bit of exercise with all the stairs. Our ranger guide was incredible and... More

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Potomac Falls, Virginia
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Jewel cave is a longer, deeper and you spend more time in the cave, but the crytalline structures are not that impressive. You need to arrive early to get tickets. The price to tour is not unreasonable. The crytalline structures cover most of the cave's surface, but are dull and small.

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

Thank you for taking the time to provide your thoughts regarding your visit to Jewel Cave National Monument. While it is recognized that both Jewel Cave and Wind Cave have some similarities, both caves are unique in their own respective ways. While one may witness many beautiful calcite crystal formations at Jewel Cave, one is more likely to view the... More

familylovestotravel
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

We enjoyed the scenic tour very much, but you need to get there early. We got there at 10:00 and got on the next tour but by the time we left a couple of hours later the place was packed. I don't think you will get in a tour if you arrive in the afternoon. There is serious road work... More

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Glen Allen
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

In order to get tickets for the tour, you have to get to Jewel Cave early in the morning and get in line for the tickets. We got there at about 9:00 am and our tour was at 11:00 am. Some people were really complaining about the delay in entering the cave, but our Moon travel book had warned us... More

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Salinas, California
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14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

My 11 year old son and I went on the scenic tour. We arrived at 9:15 and were able to get in the next tour. There were a lot of families on the tour with young children. I do not feel that the cave, after the first 15 minutes held their interest. There are a lot of stairs, and it... More

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