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    Jewel Cave

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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 »

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Jewel Cave and Wind Cave Announce Fee Increases

The two National Park Service caves in the Black Hills will be raising their rates as of April 30, 2014. Prices were raised after park managers solicited public comments on the proposed changes via public meetings, media releases, and on-line postings.

Prices for Jewel Cave's Scenic and Historic Lantern Tours will increase from $8 to $12 for adults and from $4 to $8 for youth ages 6-16.The Wild Caving Tour price will be $31, up from $27.

At both caves, children 5 and under are free. Holders of the Golden Age or Senior Pass, along with Golden Access Pass, are half price.

Tour tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at both caves.

For Wind Cave's fees, visit the park's website at www.nps.gov/wica.


Jewel Cave Plans for Construction

There are multiple construction projects planned this spring (2014). Highway 16 through the monument and the visitor center parking lot are scheduled for improvements beginning in March. Travelers may experience some delays due to roadwork. The visitor center parking lot project is planned for construction this spring and early summer. For the safety of visitors, staff, and work crews, as well as to expedite the parking lot project, Jewel Cave will remain closed on weekends through April. Due to these projects, there are no reservations for cave tours this year. More Information

Did You Know?

Bats on the cave ceiling/NPS file photo

Jewel Cave National Monument is home to nine bat species, including the rare Townsend’s big-eared bat. Some bats that roost outside in the summer hibernate in the cave during winter.