Caution - Roadwork on Highway 16 - Expect Delays
Construction projects both along highway 16 and the Jewel Cave parking lot are planned during the summer. The visitor center is open daily with tours scheduled throughout the day. Come early, pm tours are usually full. 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 by September 30. The patio area outside the visitor center is planned for work in August. Signage along a service road and staff assistance will help guide visitors to the visitor center. More »
07/27/2013Location: Visitor Center Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Fee Information: Free
The Black Hills Raptor Center in nearby Rapid City shares their live birds of prey on the front patio of the visitor center. Wildlife rehabilitators share the natural history of each species. Each species is commonly found at Jewel Cave National Monument, whether living in the ponderosa pine forest or surrounding fire scarred landscape.
This is an excellent program for Junior Rangers and Pee Wee Rangers. Interested visitors are encouraged to take part in a morning cave tour, have lunch, then take part in this program in the early afternoon ... spend the day at the Monument.