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Jewel Cave National Monument

Closed Now: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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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...more
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
11149 US Highway 16, Building B12, Custer, SD 57730-8167
+1 605-673-8300
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This cave is an amazing spot in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. The tour in the cave is relatively easy and absolutely worth it. Our tour guide was very good and very informative. Our planet is amazing and this cave just adds to...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Tom1s
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Jewel cave was our first stop on our 2 weeks trip, it was a great way to start the cave is very different we have been to other caves in Belize and KY. we did then visit Wind cave a few days latter again a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank qxjim
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent cave trip, great commentary and just the right amount of time allowed. We pre-purchased our scenic tour tickets which I would strongly recommend to ensure you get the timings you want. These are collected from the kiosk by the car parking and not inside...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Jellybaby67
Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

My 15 year old son and I got lost after having visited Mt. Rushmore, and driving by Sitting Bull’s monument. It turned out to be a stroke of genius because we found Jewel Cave National Site. We wound up taking the underground guided tour led...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank X6997MWpeterh
Reviewed November 19, 2018

This is a "one of a kind", third largest, cave in the world, and well worth experiencing.The only way to enter the cave is by guided tour and because of Bat Whitenose Syndrome there are severe restrictions on clothing and equipment allowed in the cave....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Timothy H
Reviewed November 9, 2018 via mobile

Jewel Cave is absolutely amazing. It provides a study in contrast with Wind Cave, and I would recommend touring both when you’re in the area. Our crew split up between the Discovery Talk and the Scenic Tour. The Discovery Tour provides a glimpse into the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank BlueDevilOKC
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Loved it. I've been in Mammoth and many, many other caves. Jewel Cave showed me things I hadn't even heard of before. For example, box work formations. And on my tour, it just got better. I had a private conversation with the guide and heard...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Kevin K
Reviewed October 16, 2018

From the visitors center you take an elevator down a few hundred feet into the first cave. We took the 20 minute tour rather than the 3 hour tour fro lack of time, but we had an excellent time, and as always, the Park Ranger...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Robert L
Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

With attractions such as Mt. Rushmore, Badlands & Wind Cave National Parks and the towns of Deadwood, Spearfish and Sturgis don't miss this national monument. One hour out of Rapid City, it is a definite stop. The only reason I gave this location four stars...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Billwtz
Reviewed October 11, 2018

We arrived at the last moment possible to join the Scenic Tour and, thankfully, were allowed to squeeze in with a large group. Our tour guide, Dorothy, was absolutely delightful and took her time answering questions. Definitely don't miss this beautiful cave.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Angela J
June 17, 2018|
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Response from JohnnyJ234 | Reviewed this property |
Whatever time the ticket office opens (it was 8:30 a few weeks ago), there was already a line waiting to buy tickets when we arrived 8:15. First tour we could get on was 10:40 a.m., but we meanwhile hiked one of the loop... More
April 29, 2018|
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Kari M
March 26, 2018|
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Response from NPSParkRanger | Property representative |
Yes ... Jewel Cave National Monument is open year-round; however, there are limited tours and times during the winter months. As for May 2018, the Monument will be hosting guided cave tours each day of the week. On the day... More