We will be in the Black Hills for three full days later this month. (We also have time in the Badlands, Devils Tower/Spearfish and TRNP). I had initially eliminated Jewel Cave from our itinerary because my husband and I are both claustrophobic and I didn't think we'd be up for cave tours. We are going to Wind Cave just to do a little bit of hiking above ground, and I'd like to eventually visit every national park.
Out of curiosity, I was reading up on Jewel Cave and read about their short Discovery Tour. It says it only has 15 stairs and is easy enough for kids of all ages. I figure I might be OK with this tour; it also doesn't sound like claustrophobia is an issue.
Do you think it's "worth it" (I know that is subjective) to go to Jewel Cave for this 20 min tour? Do you still get to see some cool stuff? (I've never been in a cave before due to aforementioned claustrophobia). Is this a tour that sells out frequently? It also sounds like there a few nature trails above ground--maybe we could hike a couple miles too?
Ultimately, if we don't have enough time for everything, I think we'd cut this, but if we have an extra couple hours one day, I was thinking of adding this in. Thoughts?