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    Jewel Cave

    National Monument South Dakota

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  • Caution - Parking Lot at Jewel Cave is under construction

    The parking lot project is on schedule for completion this fall. There is limited RV parking. The stairs and wheelchair ramp to the visitor center are also under construction. Signage along a service road 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?

Beautiful gypsum flowers in Jewel Cave/NPS file photo

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.