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    Jewel Cave

    National Monument South Dakota

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  • Caution - Roadwork on Highway 16 - Expect Delays

    Construction projects both along highway 16 and the Jewel Cave parking lot are planned during this summer season. The visitor center will be open daily, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Tours are scheduled throughout the day. No reservations for cave tours. More »

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By Mail

Jewel Cave National Monument
11149 U.S. Highway 16
Building B12
Custer, SD 57730

By Phone

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School Programs / Field Trips - Option 4

By Fax

605-673-8397 - Visitor Center
605-673-8301 - Administrative Offices


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Jewel Cave National Monument receives hundreds of emails each year requesting information that is already available on our website. For example, due to planned construction projects in 2014, there are no reservations for the Scenic, Discovery, and Historic Lantern Tours. In an effort to save printed resources, postage, and staff time, we encourage you to browse the website for answers to your questions. As a Climate Friendly Park, we are trying our best to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Please join us in this Go Green effort.


Visiting On-Site

UTM Coordinates:

594270, 4842528 (UTM NAD 83)

Latitude / Longitude:

43 43' 46.6153" N

103 49' 46.6522" W

Did You Know?

A caver measures wind speed at the Humdinger / NPS file photo

Due to changes in barometric pressure, strong winds blow through Jewel Cave’s passages miles from the natural entrance. Areas in the cave where the wind is exceptionally strong or loud have names like Hurricane Corner, Whistle Stop, Exhaust Pipe, Humdinger, and Drafty Maneuver.