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    Jewel Cave

    National Monument South Dakota

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  • Caution - Roadwork on Highway 16

    Construction projects both along highway 16 and the Jewel Cave parking lot are in progress. The Jewel Cave Visitor Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with tours scheduled throughout the day. No reservations for cave tours.

  • Highway 16 construction near Jewel Cave entrance

    Construction of Highway 16 through Jewel Cave National Monument is progressing on schedule. Motorists should use caution while traveling through the construction zone. Visitors to Jewel Cave should plan extra travel time and come early in the day. More »

  • The parking lot at Jewel Cave takes shape

    Jewel Cave's parking lot project is on schedule for completion this fall. The stairs and wheelchair ramp to the visitor center are under construction. Signage along a service road and staff assistance will help guide visitors to the visitor center. More »

Contact Us

By Mail

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

By Phone

605-673-8300
Visitor Questions - Option 2
Hours of Operation - Option 3
School Programs / Field Trips - Option 4

By Fax

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

 

By Email

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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?

Bats on the cave ceiling/NPS file photo

Jewel Cave National Monument is home to nine bat species, including the rare Townsend’s big-eared bat. Some bats that roost outside in the summer hibernate in the cave during winter.