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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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We did the historic lantern tour which was really neat to see and enjoyable for both adults and kids. Each person gets a kerosene lantern (battery operated for kids) as you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Miller127
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Richardton, North Dakota

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Richardton, North Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We did the historic lantern tour which was really neat to see and enjoyable for both adults and kids. Each person gets a kerosene lantern (battery operated for kids) as you explore the jewel cave. There are some steep wooden steps and a few slim passageways throughout the tour.

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Riverside, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went there yesterday and though it is a go tour(there are 2 types,we did the scenic),it is a lot of stairs and moderately strenuous. I admit I am not totally fit, but even the other couple with us, who were thought it alot. The minerals are neat. Dress warm, it truly is cold(49 degrees) . It takes about an... More 

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Lloydminster, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Our last day in the Custer area and we saved the best til last! Glad we went....was a bit unsure about the 700 steps but many of them down and good rest between the ups too. Our guide Mike was very knowledgeable since he has climbing and mapped part of this caving system. We couldn't stump hom with any question.... More 

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Omaha, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went to both Wind and Jewel cave. Our guide at Wind Cave was much better than Jewel Cave, however we felt Jewel Cave was the more interesting of the 2. Either way we are glad to have gone to both!

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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived the first time at 2p, thinking we could get tickets but the whole day had sold out by noon. Tour groups are small and sell out quickly. Next morning we were there before 9am, and got tickets for 10:40. Basically, if you want to go first thing...be in line before they open at 8:30am. But the tour was... More 

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

This cave is fabulous!!! You do need to do some walking up and down stairs, but it's well worth it if your able! The tour Guides are very experienced and able to answer all questions. I never knew we had so much beauty underground. It will made me feel reverent and took my breath away.

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Thank Teresa P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Originally It was not in our plan. We stopped just because we needed go to restroom. However it was turned out to be the best place for kids. The rangers are knowledgeable and junior ranger program is good. Kids were happy to be qualified as a junior ranger with a patch and a badge each one.

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Thank Qing R
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wan't to do something different, than take the Lantern tour. James, a great guide took us with old oil lamps into the dark cave. Not so much to see if you compare with the scenic tour but really fun to do.

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Sherrard, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We been in a lot of caves. one of the best 3 biggest. It was so fun walk though this cave Guild was great lots of stair but wasn't bad will worth you time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a very cool activity for our family to do. Possibly the highlight of our trip. How often do you get to go down 300 plus feet in a really cool cave??? The formations were neat to see. It is cooler down there. We were all in shorts but had on thick sweatshirts which were okay. We were still... More 

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

Thank you for the nice review. Many find that there some time to kill until their tour starts. We provide several activities to keep everyone occupied during the wait. There are interpretive nature hikes and patio talks, Junior Ranger Programs for the kids, hiking trails and a wonderful visitor's center and gift shop. Visit with a Park Ranger for more... More 

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