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Jewel Cave National Monument

11149 US Hwy 16, Building B12, Custer, SD 57730
+1 605-673-8300
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The Jewel Cave is really cool, really cool !!

Traveling through these areas of South Dakota, there are many natural caves/caverns to explore... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
DannyWasserman
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Sign up for a tour and enjoy. If you have a child, they can get a Jr Ranger badge by filling out... read more

Reviewed 4 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). 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.
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11149 US Hwy 16, Building B12, Custer, SD 57730
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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.

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Reviewed 7 January 2018

Good guides, very fun and informative. I recommend a sweatshirt or jacket, I am usually not cold on cave tours but I was this time! Walk was at a good pace, maybe a little to fast for those with kids.

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Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

This place IS a Jewel. Lots to see. We travel to a lot of National Parks and points of interest. This was on of the better ones.

Thank Al H
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Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Off peak travel is the best! We had a tour by the Ranger and just the two of us. Talk about personalized tour! More than 730 steps up and down so bring comfortable stable walking shoes. You will get a work out and at the...More

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Reviewed 7 November 2017

Took the tour with our family. There are a lot of steps but doable by most people. Great informative tour and picture opportunities.

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Reviewed 27 October 2017

We didn't actually go into the cave but drove through the area and were very impressed with the beauty of the drive in this area of the park. We enjoyed the wildlife in the area and spent time watching the busy prairie dogs and a...More

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Reviewed 24 October 2017

I've been here before and will go back again. Federal money well spent. Great staff and a great experience.

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Reviewed 20 October 2017

This park is one of the 400+ units of the National Park Service, Although the park offers some other activities, the focus of this unit is really about the cave. Jewel Cave is quite different from other caves. It doesn't have the magnificent formations that...More

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Sara A
28 August 2017|
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Response from NPSParkRanger | Property representative |
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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Kay N
2 August 2017|
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There are no areas with sufficient shade to leave pets unattended in a vehicle during the summer months and we highly discourage this practice.
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Claudia R
12 July 2017|
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Response from NPSParkRanger | Property representative |
Scenic tour has 723 stair steps or 42 flights of stairs.
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