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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 »

Current Conditions

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?

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.