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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 spring season. The visitor center will be open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and closed on weekends through April. No reservations for cave tours. More »

Multimedia Presentations

Podcasts:

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Jewel Cave Today, 9/28/2006, (Duration 11:24)

Topic: Recent and ongoing barometric wind research at Jewel Cave.

Host: Gary C. Chancey

Guest: Mike Wiles, Chief of Resource Management

What does airflow tell us about Jewel Cave? How can it be used to predict the total volume of the cave? How much of the cave has been discovered so far? Answers to these questions and more can be found in this edition of Jewel Cave Today.

 

Videos:

Cave Explorers Describe Exploration at Jewel Cave (30 MB .AVI, 6:47)

Interview with cavers who recently spent four days underground and explored passages near the end of the cave.

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.