Caution - Roadwork on Highway 16 - Expect Delays
Construction projects both along highway 16 and the Jewel Cave parking lot are planned during the summer. The visitor center is open daily with tours scheduled throughout the day. Come early, pm tours are usually full. 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 by September 30. The patio area outside the visitor center is planned for work in August. Signage along a service road and staff assistance will help guide visitors to the visitor center. More »
Below is a list of snakes found at Jewel Cave National Monument. No snakes are found inside the cave.
The list is alphabetical by common name with alternate common names listed after the back slash. Latin names are listed in parenthesis and italicized.
Bull Snake (Pituophis catenifer sayi)
Common Garter Snake (Thamnopis sirtalis)
Eastern Yellow-bellied Racer/Blue Racer (Coluber constrictor)
Milk Snake/Plains Milk Snake (Lampropeltis triangulum)
Plains Garter Snake (Thamnophis radix)
Plains Hognose Snake/Western Hognose Snake (Heterodon nasicus)
Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis viridis)
Redbelly Snake (Storeria occipitomaculata)
Smooth Green Snake/Grass Snake (Opheodrys vernalis)
Wandering Garter Snake (Thamnophis elegans vagrans)
Did You Know?
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.