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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 »

News Releases

April 16, 2014 / Jewel Cave and Wind Cave Announce Fee Increases

February 26, 2014 / Jewel Cave Plans for Construction

February 14, 2014 / Jewel Cave Takes Reservations for Wild Caving Tours

December 27, 2013 / Jewel Cave Schedules Winter Season Wild Caving Tours

October 29, 2013 / Jewel Cave Announces Off-Season Facility Hours and Cave Tour Schedule

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?

Closeup of the head of an owl/NPS File Photo

Several birds, including the Northern Saw-whet and Great Horned owls, call Jewel Cave National Monument home. Bald eagles are occasional visitors to the park as well.