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Jewel Cave National Monument

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Address: 11149 US Hwy 16, Building B12, Custer, SD 57730
Phone Number: +1 605-673-8300
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Jewel Cave National Monument is home to one of the longest caves in the...

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 spring months, 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 2016. 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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We enjoyed our visit to jewel cave. From the visitor center to the cave itself, it was educational and very interesting. Our guide was well informed and we got to see things we... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We enjoyed our visit to jewel cave. From the visitor center to the cave itself, it was educational and very interesting. Our guide was well informed and we got to see things we had only seen on TV. Well worth the trip!

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NPSParkRanger, Public Relations Manager at Jewel Cave National Monument, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words and for sharing your feedback about your experiences. We wish you nothing but the best with your future travels and hope you continue to enjoy the last month of the NPS Centennial. More 

Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been in numerous caves around the world, and this tour was outstanding. National Park Rangers lead the 75 minute tour up and down the many twists and turns of this third largest cave system in existence. The formations are beautiful and the stairways and pathways are very well done. The cave is surprisingly dry in most areas. the... More 

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NPSParkRanger, Public Relations Manager at Jewel Cave National Monument, responded to this review

Wonderful review ... thanks! Your information is on target and will help future visitors plan for an educational (and memorable) experience. We hope you have a chance to come back and check out our new park film, which is planned for completion in late 2017. Combined with our new exhibits, new brochure, and some other pending visitor service projects, we... More 

Nanaimo, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Be sure to take the cave tour at Jewel Cave National Monument. Although well lit, a flashlight in your hand will make you feel safer. Wear closed toe shoes and a fleece or jacket.

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NPSParkRanger, Public Relations Manager at Jewel Cave National Monument, responded to this review

Excellent comments! Thank you for sharing the additional guidance with future visitors, as this review will certainly attract some additional attention. At 49 degrees year round, a fleece or light jacket is definitely a good choice. Best wishes for the winter months. Happy NPS Centennial! More 

Boulder, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tour of Jewel cave was very educational and the cave had some really cool formations. Its the largest cave that I've ever visited and was very impressive.

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NPSParkRanger, Public Relations Manager at Jewel Cave National Monument, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review, and we are happy to read that you enjoyed your experiences on-site. We hope you continue to explore and discover even more public lands in the future. Best wishes and have an enjoyable winter season! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an incredible experience! We took the mid level tour (about .5 miles of caverns under 250 ft down). I was really concerned that I would feel claustrophobic, but the nature of the cave (breathing) meant it was fresh and some of the caverns were HUGE! Totally worth the trip. Ours kids (age 9 &11) really grooved on all... More 

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NPSParkRanger, Public Relations Manager at Jewel Cave National Monument, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your comments online, and we sincerely appreciate the positive review. We especially appreciate your thoughts about the cave environment. Our staff is often asked about the tour routes, passage sizes, etc. It's always nice to have additional "publicity" from visitors to reassure others that all is OK underground. Best wishes for the remainder of the winter... More 

Westville, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited back in the late 90's & did enjoy the tour. After buying our ticket, we had time to take the rooftop hike, which is 1/4 a mile. The cave tour was nice & appropriate for families.

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Lillian, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love caves. This cave was a pleasure to visit. It was our guide James that made it wonderful. He was full of information and was very pleasant. He obviously loves his job. There are a lot of steps but they are steel and well kept. The walkways were easy to traverse. I brought my 7-year-old granddaughter and she had... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took the tour that has 738 steps (forgot the name of it). We're older but we had no problem with the stairs. The tour showed the usual cave formations but it was different than Mammoth Cave in that it was more vertical (a lot of up and down traveling). Our ranger who led the tour had a lot of... More 

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

185 miles of known caverns, and that is only 5% of the total. There are over 3500 miles of caverns yet to be explored. Way cool. Only two hours from Mt. Rushmore and one hour from Devil's Tower. There are lots of stairs on the tour. Even though it is underground, it's still over a mile above sea level. The... More 

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Aurora, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Great visit and the 1.5 hour tour was very informative. We went during the week so easy to get tickets.

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