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    Jewel Cave

    National Monument South Dakota

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  • Caution - Parking Lot at Jewel Cave is under construction

    The parking lot project is on schedule for completion this fall. There is limited RV parking. The stairs and wheelchair ramp to the visitor center are also under construction. Signage along a service road will help guide visitors to the visitor center. More »

Be A Junior Ranger

Jewel Cave has two Junior Ranger Programs. One is for children ages 5-8, and the other is for children ages 9-12. Completion of the program requires you to take a cave tour, plus spend between 30 minutes to one hour completing the activity booklet. You will earn a badge after you complete the program. Ask for a Junior Ranger Program booklet when you visit. There is no charge for this activity.

Did You Know?

Beautiful gypsum flowers in Jewel Cave/NPS file photo

When Jewel Cave was established as a National Monument in 1908, it was thought to be a small but pretty cave. It wasn’t until 1959 that explorers began to realize that Jewel Cave may be one of the longest caves in the world.