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    Jewel Cave

    National Monument South Dakota

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  • Caution - Roadwork on Highway 16 - Expect Delays

    Construction projects both along highway 16 and the Jewel Cave parking lot are planned during this summer season. The visitor center will be open daily, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Tours are scheduled throughout the day. No reservations for cave tours. 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?

Calcite Spar Crystal/NPS file photo

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.