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Jewel Cave National Monument

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Address: 11149 US Highway 16, Building B12, Custer, SD 57730-8167
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 spring months, limited tour options are available. It is recommended that visitors check online for specific tour times or call the visitor center directly for park ranger assistance.

NOTE: At present, advanced reservations for cave tour tickets are not available in 2016. It is hoped that this service will be available by Memorial Day Weekend; however, until further notice, all cave tour tickets are being sold on a first come first serve basis.

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So much fun, a great tour!

This was a great tour with reasonably large caverns, not as cramped as you would expect from a cave tour. Our ranger guide was excellent and answered questions well. Make sure... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a great tour with reasonably large caverns, not as cramped as you would expect from a cave tour. Our ranger guide was excellent and answered questions well. Make sure to get here early to guarantee tickets as they can sell out early in the day.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We got to Jewel Cave around 10:00am after driving the Needles Highway. Some of the tours had already been booked. My advice is to get there early. We were able to get on the least explorative tour due to our granddaughter"s cartwheel injury. Even though we didn't go very far on the tour, our tour guide did an excellent job... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

So the cave is pretty humid, and stays nice and cool all year. There's an elevator to take you way down. We took the sightseeing tour, and it was pretty good. Took just over an hour. Lots of stairs, but most of them were down as we got on the elevator lower than we got off. So the whole tour... More 

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Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Get there EARLY to get tickets for your desired tour. They had run out of all the morning and early afternoon tour times when we arrived to purchase our tickets at 9am. We decided on the 20-min "Discovery Talk" tour which consisted of a ranger - led tour down an elevator into the largest cave room. The kids got to... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Took the family on this beautiful cave tour on a rainy but also HOT July day and was very comfortable and fun! Our guide was very knowledgeable and pointed out awesome views and features. We have done many KY caves and this one ranks right up there in beauty! There are many stairs so hot good for anyone with bad... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I recommend the Wild Caving tour if you can qualify, must fit through an 8 1/2 by 24 inch space, an unforgettable adventure. The scenic tour was nice for those who don't fit or like small tunnels. The cave personnel are very serious about protecting the cave from white nose fungus so if you have been to a place with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We took the scenic tour (1.5 hrs) . Robert our Park Ranger guide was great and had lots of interesting stories. He pointed out all the amazing things in the cavern. Nice slow pace walk, a few ups and downs. Good walk ways and several steel stair cases and platforms. We took many wonderful pictures. Most amazing is the cave... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great tour guide, great cave, on a hot day it was nice to be cool! History is interesting and this cave is huge and still being discovered. Lots of stairs, not sure it is for everyone but we sure enjoyed it!

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Custer, South Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very neat but a lot of steps. Wait time may be 30 minutes. Wish admission was covered by either state or national park licenses.

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Dyer, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We enjoyed every part of our tour. My children ages 11 and 12 were entertained the entire time. One of their many highlights of our trip. We did the basic tour. Would recommend.

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