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“Good tour - book in advance - and bring a jacket!”

Jewel Cave National Monument
Ranked #7 of 38 things to do in Custer
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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). During the late winter and early spring seasons, 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 2017. 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.
Reviewed September 2, 2013

Glad we arrived in the morning, because the tours were almost booked for the whole day. Had we arrived later in the day we might have been turned away. The cave is cool - 46 degrees, so make sure to bring a jacket and I'd recommend wearing pants. We did the scenic tour, which could have moved at a bit faster pace, but overall was a great tour.

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Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

We went to Jewel Cave in late August and decided on the Lantern Tour. We went in through the original cave opening. Once inside we had 2 options: Heavenly Tour or Devils Basement. Our group decided on the heavenly tour which was to be the "easier" option. It was a very unique experience going through a cave with only the lights from a few lanterns. Their was several narrow steep stair cases that we had to maneuver through. It was more intense then I expected, but very neat experience. Our guide Vance was very informative. I had no idea that Jewel cave was the 3rd longest cave system in the world. Would recommend to anyone looking for a cave tour outside the norm.

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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Get there NO LATER than 9 am, earlier in July. In 2013, you look at the list of available tours and times and choose one you will attend the same day. You can't book or another day. There are about 30 spots a tour and you will be disappointed if you come too close to noon in the summer because the tours fill up quickly. Most people have to book for a later tour, so have a sightseeing back-up plan in case you can't get in within the hour. Consider going to the last tour of the day so you can go around nearby Custer.

For the money, I don't think the 20 minute tour is the best value. If this is your only choice because of timing or wanting to avoid a lot of stairs, consider just browsing the interesting visitors' center. If you are athletic, try the lamplight tour.

We took the 75 minute tour. There are sloping ramps and many short flights of stairs. The narrative is very entertaining. The cave itself is not breathtaking but as one of the longest in the world it is very interesting.

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Reviewed August 29, 2013

We took the scenic tour which lasted about 1 1/2 hours. Although lots of steps it was well worth the workout. Our ranger guide was entertaining as well as informative about the cave explorations. Do not advise taking children under the age of 6. There is no touching and several very deep drop-offs. At times the path is quite narrow and dark.

Thank bpbikergirl
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Took our grandkids (10 and 15) to the cave and had a great experience. We were well prepared as I had done some spelunking years ago but our grandchildren thought it was awesome. The history of how the caves have been mapped and discovered is pretty cool.

Thank Daniel S
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