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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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I love caves - this one is a great one

I had read about the awesome colors - I have to say I didn't think the colors were off the chart. There are tons of crystals (muted tones). The access and walk through is well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Orlando
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had read about the awesome colors - I have to say I didn't think the colors were off the chart. There are tons of crystals (muted tones). The access and walk through is well constructed and easy to maneuver. The ranger guide was great - full of history and anecdotes.

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Although not especially awe inspiring, the views in the cave are interesting and primeval in their simplicity. Because of limited accessabilities during the tour, it may not be the best place to take younger children and toddlers. Adults and teenagers who have an interest in the subterranean will be engaged. Dress warmly.

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

was interesting, was a very big cave, workers were very professional and friendly, make sure you wear a jacket

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Ladera Ranch, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went to Jewel Cave on our second day in Custer since it was overcast and rainy and wanted to wait till the weather cleared to enjoy Mt. Rushmore. $12/person entrance fee or $6/person if you have a national parks pass. no reservations needed. Tours are @ every 45 minutes. Then, with a parks ranger, you take an elevated down over... More 

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Woodward, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We took the Discovery Tour because my mother has mobility issues. She really wanted to see the inside of cave since she's never been in one before. She was really pleased with this tour. All you do is take the elevator down a couple hundred feet and enter one large cavern but that cavern was beautiful. It was a short... More 

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

We are very pleased that we were able to provide your mother with a great experience. The Discovery Talk is an integral part of the tours we offer and designed for folks just like your mother, people with small children or those who have time constraints. As always, we do recommend arriving at least an hour prior to the tour... More 

Midlothian, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Easy tour with Ranger tour guide. slightly narrow passages in between cavernous rooms with crystals, minerals and very well placed lighting. The "Wild Tour" was not offered after Labor Day, which is just as well, since only one person in our group could fit through the required 8.5 x 24 inch opening

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

Thank you for taking the time to review Jewel Cave National Monument. We are glad that you enjoyed the splendor of our cave with it's variation of spar and wet formations. Yes, there are stark differences between us and Wind Cave, but we recommend both should be visited if time allows. Wind Cave is not only home to the worlds... More 

Fort Collins, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago 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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NPSParkRanger, Public Relations Manager at Jewel Cave National Monument, responded to this review

Thank you for the glowing and descriptive review! It means so much to us when we receive such kind feedback from visitors. It is nice to get a "pat on the back" occasionally and it is very much appreciated! We hope you tell all your friends and that you will visit us again in the future. More 

Estes Park, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 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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NPSParkRanger, Public Relations Manager at Jewel Cave National Monument, responded to this review

Thanks for the great feedback. We often have visitors who "happen by" unexpectedly and most have walked away with similar experiences. Sometimes the unplanned trips are the most fun! We are very pleased that you were impressed enough to take the time to comment on your time spent at Jewel Cave National Monument. More 

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 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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NPSParkRanger, Public Relations Manager at Jewel Cave National Monument, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words. We are especially proud of our beautiful visitor's center and the information the exhibits provide. Our goals are to provide not only cave tours, but a fun, interpretive way to experience Jewel Cave National Monument. We are very happy that you enjoyed your visit here on multiple levels. We hope you come back soon. More 

Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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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NPSParkRanger, Public Relations Manager at Jewel Cave National Monument, responded to this review

Thanks for the awesome review. We are very proud of our excellent staff of Park Rangers, the cave and the Scenic tour route. We are constantly striving to make everyone's visit here a special one. We find it quite an easy task when we have such a beautiful wonder of the world! More 

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