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Jewel Cave National Monument

11149 US Highway 16, Building B12, Custer, SD 57730-8167
+1 605-673-8300
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We visited both Wind Cave and Jewel Cave, taking the moderate tour (approximately 90 minutes) at... read more

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JD-94-travels
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Beautiful!

We visit many caves and found this one to be quite beautiful. Nice tour especially since we were... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks 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 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.
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11149 US Highway 16, Building B12, Custer, SD 57730-8167
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited both Wind Cave and Jewel Cave, taking the moderate tour (approximately 90 minutes) at each. It is worth seeing both of these caves because they have very different features. Note that the passageways and rooms are smaller at Wind Cave, which might feel...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visit many caves and found this one to be quite beautiful. Nice tour especially since we were there early in the season so it wasn't crowded.

1  Thank Cathy B
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NPSParkRanger, Public Relations Manager at Jewel Cave National Monument, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Cathy, we agree! This is a wonderful time to visit not only us, but the Black Hills in general. No crowds and a lot of fun to be had! Thanks for taking the time to comment and have a wonderful summer.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It costs $12:00 for the hour and a half tour. You cannot take anything into the cave but your camera. Leave your water bottles and purses, backpacks locked in your car. A strong flashlight would be useful in looking at the formations in the cave....More

1  Thank Patty W
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NPSParkRanger, Public Relations Manager at Jewel Cave National Monument, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks Patty! Your advice is wonderful. For our future visitors, now that we are coming into the summer season, reservations are a great idea. Tickets are available for on the hour tours only with 72 hours advanced notice. Same day and next day tours are...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first visit to any cave in north America. We couldn't decide between jewel cave and wind cave. We chose jewel cave scenic tour. The tour did not disappoint. We learned a lot and saw cave bacon. Highly recommend.

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NPSParkRanger, Public Relations Manager at Jewel Cave National Monument, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for taking the time to review us. The Scenic tour is by far the most popular one we offer. We are glad you had a good time. Enjoy the summer and get out and visit our wild places!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Jewel Cave National Monument is an impressive cave sytem. It is the third longest cave system in the world, with approximately 200 miles of mapped and surveyed areas. We took the popular Scenic Tour which is approximately 1 1/2 hours long. The guide was knowledgeable,...More

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NPSParkRanger, Public Relations Manager at Jewel Cave National Monument, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the nice review. We have adjusted our schedule recently and added more Scenic and Discovery tours for the spring season. Please check the Jewel Cave N.M. website for updated times!

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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

We had a 10 AM scenic tour scheduled. It was snowing pretty good this morning so we didn’t make it on time. We still headed up there and got on the next tour. I am so glad we went. My 10-year-old son and I had...More

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NPSParkRanger, Public Relations Manager at Jewel Cave National Monument, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for all the kind words and taking the time to review our monument. We are glad you enjoyed your visit! Come back and see us soon.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

It gets very busy in the summer and if you want to explore the caves make sure you get there early. If you go to late in the day you will miss out on tours. You must stop here and do the tour. Its amazing!More

1  Thank Jonathan W
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NPSParkRanger, Public Relations Manager at Jewel Cave National Monument, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

Hi Jonathon ... thank you for the wonderful review! And, we appreciate the solid guidance related to the summer scheduling situation. Many visitors are not aware of the lines in the morning, nor the limited tour times. Your review will hopefully help even more visitors...More

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Reviewed 4 February 2018

Traveling through these areas of South Dakota, there are many natural caves/caverns to explore. The tour guide takes you down the steps and to the cave. Make sure you where a jacket, it is very cool down there. There are so many natural amenities down...More

1  Thank DannyWasserman
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NPSParkRanger, Public Relations Manager at Jewel Cave National Monument, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

Thanks for the great review Danny ... much appreciated! We hope you keep exploring America's treasured resources. If you ever come back to the beautiful Black Hills, please stop by to see our new updates in 2018!

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Reviewed 27 January 2018

Sign up for a tour and enjoy. If you have a child, they can get a Jr Ranger badge by filling out booklet (activities by age). Sadly we didn't have time to hike above ground, but enjoyed our cave tour. The Ranger was great.More

1  Thank inca_me
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NPSParkRanger, Public Relations Manager at Jewel Cave National Monument, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

Thank you for the kind remarks about our park rangers! Our staff takes great pride in helping visitors learn even more about the Monument, and the Junior Ranger Program is an excellent way to engage youth with the National Park Service. Keep exploring America's treasured...More

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Reviewed 21 January 2018

My first time ever in a large cave. It was awesome. The tour guide was very informative. There were many different formations to be seen and enough time for questions. It was quite cool in there so at minimum wear a sweater.

1  Thank Susan H
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NPSParkRanger, Public Relations Manager at Jewel Cave National Monument, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

Thanks for the great review Susan! We always appreciate reading about good tours and especially when it comes from someone who is new to the cave environment. We hope you continue to explore America's treasured resources! Find Your Park!

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Staci F
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Kari M
27 March 2018|
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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
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Sara A
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He will be fine. The area of the cave where the Scenic tour takes place is very big. He will just have to watch his head in a few places!
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