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 »
MEMS / CFP Plans
This Modified Environmental Management System (MEMS) / Climate Friendly Parks (CFP) Plan 2013 was developed by Jewel Cave National Monument's "Green Team", whose role is to guide sustainability projects, encourage green practices, and educate the staff and public. The Green Team sets annual sustainability goals and reports progress to park management.
Laws and Policies
Superintendent's Compendium - August 2014 (419KB.pdf) - Specific regulations of Jewel Cave National Monument established under the discretionary authority of the Park Superintendent.
National Park Service Plans
NPS Climate Change Action Plan – December 2012 (4.9 MB.pdf) – The NPS Climate Change Action Plan provides guidance to site managers and staff to meet the challenges of a changing climate today and into the future. It articulates a set of high-priority actions the NPS is currently undertaking, or is committed to undertake, in the next few years. It also acknowledges how changing social and environmental conditions will cause the agency to consider new approaches for managing and protecting the nation’s natural and cultural heritage. Most importantly, it encourages participation, innovation, and full engagement at all levels of the National Park Service.
Did You Know?
Cave explorers at Jewel Cave National Monument always abide by the rule of three: Carry at least 3 independent sources of light, cave with at least 3 people in your group, and maintain 3 points of contact with the rock when climbing.