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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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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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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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Scenic tour

Glad we took the Scenic tour when we did (early July) because now children under five are no longer allowed on this tour. We enjoyed the tour which included a lot of stairs, some... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Glad we took the Scenic tour when we did (early July) because now children under five are no longer allowed on this tour. We enjoyed the tour which included a lot of stairs, some slippery sections and cave "bacon". Our volunteer guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the cave and its formations. Be sure to arrive early to secure... More 

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Philadelphia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Unlike the Wind Cave, to which it may well be connected, Jewel Cave is a little difficult to reach due to its remoteness but the visit is well worth the effort. The Scenic Tour of the underground passages is moderately strenuous and the natural beauty of the layers of mineral deposits comes to life during the ninety minutes of talk... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Decided to visit the Jewel Cave thanks to "the things to do" list in tripadvisor! We took the tour that lasted an hour and 20 minutes. The guide was really knowledgeable and funny while explaining the rainbow formation that resembles a piece of bacon! Even though you have to take a tour and you can't be wondering around on your... More 

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Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This was a very scenic area that we visited by accident. Luckily, we didn't make a special trip to see the cave because they limit the number of visitors and the tours were sold out when we arrived that morning. The visitor center was nice and we will try again if we're ever in the area.

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Very large cave in which only a small part is explored. We toured in July and were able to get a tour the same day. This was during Sturgis. The cave isn't highly decorated and wasn't very interesting. Keep in mind though, that I've been to many caves and am pretty picky. The walkways were very well done and the... More 

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Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

As others have said, GET HERE EARLY!! These tours fill up fast or you will have to wait a long time and there's not much around this area. Take the Scenic Tour but plan on a little walking with plenty of stairs. What a truly amazing place, Jewel Cave is something that you have to see while in the Black... More 

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Sherwood Park, Alberta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

With full intentions of taking the guided Scenic Tour of this National Monument, we opted for the Lantern Tour, which is as the name suggests...all carrying lanterns throughout the cave. What an experience, our guide took us down flights of stairs, around corners, through narrow passages, and when we thought we had seen it all, we entered what they refer... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Wonderful experience to take the scenic tour. Some walking and climbing stairs but not too bad. The guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant. The formations are amazing. First time caving and this the best.

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Richland, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

GET THERE EARLY to secure tix for the cave tours. The scenic tour is the best one, for families with multi-age members. We arrived before 9 am and the first tour was already sold out. We had to wait for the 11:35 tour. By the time we emerged from the cave, the day was sold out. There wasn't much to... More 

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Oriental, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

1} Get there early in the morning; tour groups are limited and you can't book ahead of time. 2) There is a charge even if you have a lifetime senior park pass; buy your ticket at the parking lot booth - none are available at the visitor's center. 3) You won't see any "jewels" on the lantern tour. Jewel cave... More 

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Additional Information about Jewel Cave National Monument

Address: 11149 US Hwy 16, Building B12, Custer, SD 57730
Phone Number: +1 605-673-8300
Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  Custer
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Monday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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