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Jewel Cave National Monument

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Address: 11149 US Hwy 16, Building B12, Custer, SD 57730
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+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 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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Going Deep Into the Underground History

I was passing by this place on my way to Rapid City, SD via the scenic route and just had to stop and satisfy my curiosity. I will say it was worth the time spent, about an hour... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Valhalla, New York, United States

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Valhalla, New York, United States
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was passing by this place on my way to Rapid City, SD via the scenic route and just had to stop and satisfy my curiosity. I will say it was worth the time spent, about an hour, though you can spend more, I was kind of in a rush. I had missed the longer tours of the day so... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're out this way, it's definitely worth a trip to see. We were not able to get on a tour at Wind Cave, so we can't really compare with that. The tour was 1 hour 20 minutes. National parks pass didn't cover the tour fee. It's an interesting cave. Stalactites are not very large because it is so dry.... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to review our Monument! Although Jewel Cave is more recognized as the 3rd longest cave in the world, we do have a variety of "wet formations" in several parts of the cave on the Scenic tour route. We highlight what we have the best that we can. Our strong suit is our interpretive Rangers, who... More 

BRIGHAM CITY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very knowledgeable guide, he had done the trip several times. Yes, it was a little bit strenuous but even me with two brand-new knees was able to get up and down all the steps. Plenty of rest breaks and places to sit in between. I was expecting a much shinier cave with a lot more crystals. The formations were good... More 

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

Thanks Doug. The cave is probably more recognized as the 3rd longest in the world with our formations being an added bonus. The Scenic tour route may be a bit strenuous, but it's one of the best out there in design, allowing nearly all to enjoy it's wonders. We are glad that you were impressed enough to take the time... More 

Haughton, Louisiana
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed visiting this cave. The ranger was extremely nice and took his time to answer any questions that anyone had.

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

We are very happy that you had a good time here at Jewel Cave N.M. All of our Rangers have a great sense of pride and enjoy their work. I will pass along your kind words to all. We appreciate you taking the time to give us some feedback. Have a great summer! More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take the 1 and 1/2 hour tour, underground through a maze of caves with carbonite formations of all sorts of weird and fantastical shapes. so unexpected, this was a real treat.

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

Jewel Cave is probably most famous for it's length, but you we do have many colorful calcite (not carbonite) formations as well. You do need to take the Scenic tour to see the majority of them. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for kids 5-16 yrs and children under 5 are free. If you have small children please make sure... More 

Cumberland, Wisconsin, United States
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Toured this beautiful cave, wonders upon wonders. Very knowledgeable guide who also made the experience fun.

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

Thanks Susan! As you could tell, our Park Guides love what they do and we are lucky to have each and every one of them. Our goal is to provide every guest with a memorable experience and it sounds like we hit the mark with you! We appreciate you taking the time to comment on your visit. More 

Alumine, Argentina
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stay close to the ranger if possible as to be able to hear about the rock formations and interesting facts. We really enjoyed the well maintained walkways and never were concerned about losing footing but the surfaces can be wet. Gloves are very useful because the railings are cold. The cave temperature is 49 degrees so layering is recommended. Only... More 

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

Great advise Cheri! We are very glad you had a good time here at Jewel Cave N.M. Send all your friends! More 

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great underground experience with stairs everywhere and good guides. Somewhat strenuous and not for the handicapped.

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

Glad you had a good experience at the Monument. We too believe our park Rangers are the best! The one thing to remember while visiting the cave is that even though we are roughly 300 feet below the surface while on the Scenic tour, we are still nearly a mile high in elevation. It is easy to get winded! That... More 

Estes Park, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely way to spend a cold wet day. We took the scenic tour. Wear sweater or jacket and gloves are good with cold metal railings. Many stairs so not good for little ones or the infirm.

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

Thanks for the good tips for future visitors. I'm sure they will find them very helpful! More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed their 1 1/2 hour cave tour - lots of stairs involved, but our group ages 10 to almost 70 did fine. Our ranger did a great job of pointing out interesting features and answering questions.

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

Thanks for the kind words. We are happy that you had a good time here at Jewel Cave N.M. We are very proud of the great job all of our Rangers do! More 

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