November 1 - Change in Hours of Operation and Tour Schedule
The visitor center will be open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (closed on weekends). Guided cave tours will only be available on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays of each week. Tours will not be available on Mondays and Tuesdays. More »
Public Feedback Requested
Jewel Cave National Monument is requesting public feedback for the proposed fee increases of cave tour tickets in 2014. Visit the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website for more information or to provide comments. More »
Jewel Cave Announces Off-Season Facility Hours
Jewel Cave National Monument is changing its hours of operation and tour schedule beginning November 1. The visitor center will be open Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Guided cave tours will only be available on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays of each week through early March. The visitor center will be closed on weekends, and cave tours will not be available on Mondays, Tuesdays, or federal holidays during the winter months.
Scenic and Discovery Tours are scheduled on Wednesdays, Thursday, and Fridays. The one hour and 20-minute Scenic Tour takes place at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The 20-minute, wheelchair accessible Discovery Tour occurs at 9:05 a.m., 12:45 p.m., and 3:45 p.m. All cave tours during the off-season are first come first serve; reservations are not taken during the winter months.
Superintendent Larry Johnson comments, "With the budget uncertainty we face, we have to make choices like everyone else. By reducing our visitor services and utility costs this time of year, we hope to be in a better position to provide the full range of services our peak season visitors expect and deserve. We regret that we'll be disappointing some winter guests by conserving our resources for use during the busier summer season. But, we typically see fewer winter season visitors, and we have to be as creative as possible to stretch our budget."
Although guided cave tours will not be available on Mondays and Tuesdays during the winter, local visitors are still encouraged to see the newly installed exhibits and displays at the visitor center. The one-quarter mile Roof Trail and three-mile Canyons Trail remain open for hikers during the off-season. If adequate snow conditions exist, snowshoes will also be available for loan at the visitor center during the working week for interested outdoor enthusiasts.
For more information about Jewel Cave National Monument, please contact the visitor center at 605-673-8300.
September 19, 2013 / Jewel and Wind Caves Celebrate National Public Lands Day
September 13, 2013 / Jewel Cave Celebrates New Visitor Center Exhibits with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
September 6, 2013 / Jewel Cave Proposes to Raise Cave Tour Fees in 2014
August 15, 2013 / Jewel Cave and Wind Cave Celebrate Founders Day with free cave tours
July 24, 2013 / Jewel Cave Earns 2013 TRIPADVISOR Certificate of Excellence
July 5, 2013 / Jewel Cave Takes Reservations for 3rd Annual Cub Scout Belt Loopalooza
June 21, 2013 / Jewel Cave Hosts Birds of Prey Program
May 24, 2013 / Jewel Cave Invites Hikers to National Trails Day Celebration
April 15, 2013 / Jewel Cave Offers Free Cave Tours to Celebrate National Park Week
March 14, 2013 / Jewel Cave Earns Climate Friendly Park Status
February 26, 2013 / National Park Tourism in SD creates $165 million in Economic Benefit
January 18, 2013 / Jewel Cave Hosts Volunteer Cave Cleanup Project
Did You Know?
The “jewels” of Jewel Cave are calcite spar crystals. Calcite, which is about as hard as your fingernail, is too soft to be considered a true jewel.