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Jewel Cave National Monument

Closed Now: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Great tour, a must!

We took the long tour, 1 hour 30 mins. Our guide Ranger Nguyen, was great. Very friendly, great... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kansas City, Missouri
good tour. be prepared for lots of steps

it is a good cave to look at some of the mineral deposits. there are a lot of steps into the cave... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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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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11149 US Highway 16, Building B12, Custer, SD 57730-8167
+1 605-673-8300
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Reviewed yesterday

We took the long tour, 1 hour 30 mins. Our guide Ranger Nguyen, was great. Very friendly, great sense of humour and informative. A wonderful experience. However, this, and other caves, need to tell you as you enter the car park what you can and...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

it is a good cave to look at some of the mineral deposits. there are a lot of steps into the cave and out of the cave. not terribly difficult. I would anticipate that someone who has difficulty navigating stairs might find it hard. those...More

Thank Vidalu
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The astonishing thing about the Jewel Cave complex is the sheer scale of it. The map in the visitor centre shows a vast web of tunnels and caverns but wind flow measurements show that what is on the map is just 4% of the total...More

Thank RoverP
Reviewed 6 days ago

Yes, you do need to do a little planning since it's not close to any other attractions. Book at least 3 days in advance on line to be guaranteed a spot, although visiting after Labor Day appears to allow more walk up spots. The scenic...More

Thank huangj02
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Took the guided 90 minute tour of the caves, which turned out to be more like 2 hours. Docent was excellent. Tours are scheduled every 20 minutes, in groups of about 40 people. You take an elevator from the lobby to the upper cave entrance....More

Thank Adam A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not spectacular but still a very nice cave with some interesting formations. Might need to get tickets ahead of time in summer.

Thank pmp1960
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is our third or fourth cave tour. It is our favorite. Our ranger was Jenny Krob. She was knowledgeable and shared what she knew with enthusiasm. Our group included both young children as well as seniors. I mention this because no one had a...More

Thank RidgelineRabbit
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's pretty simple, avoid what most are complaining about by booking ahead. It's well worth it. This is a very "safe" version of cave exploration. The metal platforms, stairways and paved paths brought down and assembled into these naturally formed caves are engineering marvels on...More

Thank kaerfull
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you plan to go,understand the earlier the better. The tickets sell out fast. There are rules,no uncovered feet and no purses/backpacks. This isn't a place for small kids as it's cold,dark and lengthy. I did the last tour of the day and it was...More

Thank bennyjenks
Reviewed 1 week ago

The 1.5 scenic tour was great, and we will go again should we return to this area. We had (selfishly) hoped we would be the only ones on the tour, but 15 people signed up after we did (max of 20 for this tour); we...More

Thank kjpb
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Angela J
17 June 2018|
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Response from Johnny J | 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
Staci F
29 April 2018|
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Kari M
27 March 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