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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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An American jewel for sure

This National Monument exceeded our expectations. Who knew that such caves were below ground? The National Park Service does a fantastic job both in the tour and displays. We... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
luv2traveltheworld1
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Fort Collins, Colorado

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This National Monument exceeded our expectations. Who knew that such caves were below ground? The National Park Service does a fantastic job both in the tour and displays. We took the longer of the two tours (maybe about 1 hr 20 min) of amazement. You are taken below ground via elevator and then led through a maze of sections of... More 

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Estes Park, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We didn't plan to visit this site but had time to kill and what a surprise. It's the first time we had been in a cave. We got there right before the last tour started and they were very nice and waited for us. The cave was so interesting and fascinating and beautiful. I highly recommend this if you are... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Nice visitor center with great exhibits particularly geared to the caves and the bats. The exhibits we well done also. Must do the cave tour.

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We've been to 6 caves in 5 different states with each being different in beauty and formations. Jewel cave is very interesting, a good work out in steps, and worth your time. Our guide was Ranger Brad and he was very good at making the tour interesting using his flashlight and pointing out specific beauty.

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Ketchikan, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Worth a 90 minute stop to tour world's second largest cave. Personable knowledgable guide. Good footing. Shorter tour available

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Wall, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Amazing cave tour which takes you through amazing sights in the underground world in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Jewel Cave is definitely a gem worth visiting. Be sure to check out the NPS website prior to your visit to find out about tour times and costs, number of steps, etc. 4th graders with National Park passes get to tour for free. Take the advice to wear appropriate footwear and be dressed for cooler weather - it averages 50... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were underwhelmed with this cave. It definitely is massive but not much to see. Our ranger was great and very enthusiastic about his job and the cave itself, but having seen other incredibles caves in Naracoorte South Australia & elsewhere, this was underwhelming. No jewels, no crystals, no real photographic opportunities...

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

Sorry that you felt that our cave did not measure up to your standards. We do appreciate your opinion and understand that everyone's experiences are subjective, however for you to say that there are no formations or crystals to see is completely unfair. The area of the Formation room is littered with stalactites, stalagmites, flow stone and cave popcorn. Ninety... More 

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This cave was awesome! We did the scenic tour and our tour guide, Mark was full of great knowledge and very friendly! I loved seeing all the different types this cave offered. Would go again!

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

Thank you the the nice review. Mark is a great guide and it is quite apparent that he enjoys his job. We are very lucky to have him. We will pass your comments on to him and we are thrilled that you had a memorable time here at Jewel Cave National Monument! More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From the name I expected a little more than what we actually saw. The sheer size is impressive, but none of the jewels is actually glistening. There are some nice places in there, but I've seen greater caves before. However it's good for a rainy or cool day (it's cold down there anyway)

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

Sorry that you felt a bit underwhelmed with Jewel Cave. It has been our position that cave experiences are quite subjective and vary from person to person. All caves have something special to offer and should be entered with an open mind. Often it's the small, unexpected finds that are the most memorable. We do value your feedback and honest... More 

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