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Jewel Cave National Monument

11149 US Hwy 16, Custer, SD 57730
605-673-8300
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Ranked #9 of 24 attractions in Custer
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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 tours: Scenic Tour (1 hour and 20 minutes), Discovery Tour (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 November 1, 2013, The visitor center will be open Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. MT. Guided cave tours will only be available on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays of each week through early March of 2014. The visitor center will be closed on weekends, and cave tours will not be available on Mondays, Tuesdays, or federal holidays during the winter months.NOTE: Due to road construction in the immediate area, along with a parking lot improvement project, 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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Madison
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We immensely enjoyed the cave tour with our two teenagers. The cave is beautifully lit and the ranger had many interesting facts to share. Highly recommended for any trip to the Black Hills.

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California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

We stopped here at the end of our Christmas road trip. There is a small visitors center with exhibits and a tiny gift shop. There is no cafe, and only vending machines if you are hungry. But that's not why you come here. You're here to see the cave. Discovered in the early 1900s by the Michaud brothers who tried... More

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Oakwood, Illinois
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75 reviews 75 reviews
38 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

The cave was beautiful and the tour was very informative. Althought the service was the most surprising thing about the visit. I'm a govenment employee and I had a hard time believing these were too. The employees were GREAT. They were wonderful with all of the guests, unperturbed by the remodel project in the lobby, and our guide was great... More

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Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

During the winter months the rangers only offer two types of tours. There is a brief 20 minute tour offered at 9:05, 12:45 and 3:45. We took the hour and twenty minute scenic tour which is offered at 10 and 2 costing $8. I would call a head and confirm the tour times. The rangers were all very nice. Our... More

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Upton, Wyoming
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013 via mobile

This is an awesome place to check out. The tour guides are very informative and friendly. The cost is minimal for the tours and well worth it. Do not wear shorts or tank tops because it is cool down there. Also, wear good walking shoes and preferably closed toe.

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Kenora, Canada
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17 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

When we arrived at Jewel Cave there was only the $5.00 tour available. Yes you get to go inside the cave but only to a platform to listen to the ranger's speech. Taking the longer tour would be much more informative and fun. Call ahead to make sure that there are available tours as it is quite a drive to... More

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Denver, Colorado
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16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

We've been on several cave tours in both Colorado and Utah. Jewel Cave was very impressive. Quite expansive and really amazing to see how large it is. Our tour guide, Shannon, was great. The kids also enjoyed the junior ranger program.

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stillwater, mn
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We made a swing through SD, WY, MT, and ND this summer and visited 9 national parks/monuments. The kids (and I) love the junior park ranger program. We just got our badges in the mail the other day. They were out when we were there and sure enough, they sent them to us. Thanks! The cave is great, we have... More

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Nampa, Idaho
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Yeh, and it gets cool. Lots of choices for tours but be there at least an hour early if you don't have tickets already cause it is first come first served. Wear a jacket too. Awesome inside.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

We loved the visit and guide was very informative and had many interesting things to tell us about the cave and answered all of our questions and more. You will love this go and take a look.

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