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Jewel Cave National Monument
Ranked #9 of 39 things to do in Custer
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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). NOTE: Reservations are available up to 90 days in advance and can be made online or through the Call Center of Black Hills Central Reservations. Tickets can also be purchased at the Monument on a first come first served basis. Please be advised that during the late spring, summer, and fall seasons, tour times often sell out by late morning.
Reviewed January 6, 2013

Loved the tour. Our Guide was so informative and patient with the kids. He even let my little one hold a flashlight. Amazing views of the caves. Make sure you dress warm. It is very cold in the caves. A sweater is a must.

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Reviewed January 4, 2013

This was our first visit to Jewel Cave. We had visited the visitor center this past June, but did not take a tour due to the wait. In December 2012, we did take the tour and I have to say it is one of the very best cave tours I have taken. The Ranger Tyler did an excellent job. The cave was amazing.

After the tour, Ranger Tyler also did an amazing job swearing in a couple of grandsons into the Junior Ranger program.

Don't miss Jewel Cave. Don't let the "National Monument" designation fool you. It is essentially meaningless.

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Reviewed December 30, 2012

Having toured or explored over 30 caves, Jewel cave would rank as my # 2 in sheer beauty after Carlsbad, in New Mexico. It is awesome in size, and the name of the cave reflects some of the visual highlights to be found. Not far from Custer, SD, parking is plentiful. The number of tours off-season falls dramatically, so call first. During the busy summer season, tours fill quickly, so come early. Staff are all friendly and helpful. There is no food service (except vending machines) and there is a limited number of picnic tables. Bring a light jacket, rubber-soled shoes, a camera with flash, AND a flashlight. Bottom line: everyone of all ages will enjoy this.

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Reviewed December 15, 2012

Be sure to bring a jacket, and your listening ears. The rangers are very knowledgeable. You will find that Jewel cave is one of the largest in the world, and still being explored. You can also see photos in the visitor center of some beautiful formations that are deeper in the cave than the tour takes you. Spelunking tours are also available. I've seen people bring small children, but I was glad mine were old enough to pay attention.

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Reviewed December 5, 2012

This cave is beautiful and worth taking in. It can be a bit streneous as there was a lot of walking and lots of steps. If you are afriad of heights not the cave for you. Often walking across metal grate walk-ways or steps over vast crevices. But the beauty is well worth the trip.

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