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    Jewel Cave

    National Monument South Dakota

Fees & Passes

Tickets are required to enter the cave, and are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Monument. Tickets must be purchased ten to fifteen minutes before the scheduled tour time. Teachers may call the Visitor Center to inquire about educational programs and academic fee waivers.

Cave Tour Fees:

Scenic Tour - Ticket Prices

  • $12.00 - Adult age 17 &over
  • $8.00 - Youth ages 6-16
  • Free - Child age 5 &under
  • Half price - Golden Age/Senior/Access Adult or Access Youth (pass holder only)
  • Not valid - Annual Pass / Military Pass / Volunteer Pass

Scenic Tour Details: This tour is moderately strenuous and lasts 1 hour and 20 minutes. The tour enters and leaves the cave by elevator in the visitor center. The tour route involves walking up and down 723 stair steps along a 1/2 mile paved trail. This tour provides an opportunity to visit chambers decorated with calcite crystals and other speleothems with electric lighting. Scenic Tours are limited to 30 people per tour.


Discovery Talk - Ticket Prices

  • $4.00 - Adult age 17 &over
  • Free - Youth & Children ages 16 & under
  • Free - Golden Age/Senior/Access pass holder and 3 adults
  • Free - Annual Pass / Military Pass / Volunteer Pass owner plus 3 adults

Discovery Talk Details: This 20-minute program is a brief introduction to Jewel Cave's natural and cultural histories within one large cave room. This easy cave visit enters and exits by elevator. The Discovery Talk is limited to 20 people. We recommend this talk for families with young children, and visitors with limited time or health concerns. This program takes place in the cave's Target Room, which is accessible by wheelchair.


Historic Lantern Tour - Ticket Prices

  • $12.00 - Adult age 17 &over
  • $8.00 - Youth ages 6-16 (must be at least 6 yrs. old)
  • $6.00 - Golden Age/Senior/Access Adult (pass holder only)
  • $4.00 - Access Youth - age 6 to 16 (pass holder only)
  • Not valid - Annual Pass / Military Pass / Volunteer Pass

Lantern Tour Details: The Lantern Tour (summer only) is a 1940's style adventure. Visitors, carrying lanterns provided by the Monument, enter and exit the cave through the historic entrance. This tour is considered strenuous and lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes. The tour route is ~ 1/2 mile and includes steep, narrow steps (about 600). Visitors must be in good health and physical condition. The tour requires bending, stooping, duck walking, and navigation of steep wooden ladders. The Lantern Tour is limited to 20 people per tour.


Wild Caving Tour - Ticket Prices

  • $31.00 - Adult age 16 &over
  • $15.50 - Golden Age/Senior/Access Adult (pass holder only)
  • Not valid - Annual Pass / Military Pass / Volunteer Pass
  • The minimum participant age allowed is 16 years old. Proof of age may be required.
  • A parent or legal guardian, of a 16 or 17 yr. old, is required to sign a permission waiver.

Wild Caving Tour Details: This 3 to 4-hour strenuous tour is designed for visitors who want the thrill of experiencing the cave in its natural state. Participants scramble over cave "breakdown," chimney between walls, climb semi-vertical rocks (rope-assisted), and belly crawl through tight passages along a 2/3 mile route. Participants must be in good health and physical condition. Participants are required to fit through a passage 8 1/2 inches high by 24 inches wide.

Participants must provide and wear specific caving clothes and boots. Tours may be cancelled due to a lack of required participants; proper caving equipment;or unforeseen incidents. Tour size is limited to a minimum of 2 visitors and a maximum of 5 visitors during the summer season. There is a minimum of 4 participants required during the off-season. Reservations are required for this tour and can be made 2 - 28 days in advance of the scheduled tour date. During the call, have a credit card ready, name of participants, phone number, and email address.

 

America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Program provides five pass options for the public to use at Federal recreation sites where entrance or amenity fees are charged. Recreation fees continue to provide a vital source of revenue for improving facilities and visitor services at a variety of public lands. These annual or lifetime passes provide an affordable and convenient way to access Federal recreation lands within the National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and Bureau of Land Management. Up to 100% of the pass program's proceeds are used to improve and enhance visitor recreation services. Each pass is non-transferable. Scroll down to see the types of passes available at Jewel Cave National Monument.

 
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America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Annual Pass, $80.00
The Interagency Annual Pass is available to the general public and provides access to Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee. The Annual Pass is valid for a full year from the month of purchase and allows for two pass owners' signatures on the pass. The Annual Pass does not cover other fees, such as camping, boating, cave tours, parking, or fees charged by concessionaires.

 
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America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Senior Pass, $10.00
The Interagency Senior Pass is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. who are 62 years of age or older. The Senior Pass provides access to Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee. The Interagency Senior Pass is valid for the lifetime of the pass owner whose signature is on the pass. The Senior Pass also provides a 50% discount for the pass owner only, on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services, including cave tours. This pass does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.

 
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America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Annual Pass - Military
The Interagency Annual Pass - Military is a free pass for current U.S. military personnel and their dependents with proper military identification. To obtain a pass, applicants must present a Department of Defense ID (CAC Card) that identifies the person as an Active duty member of the U.S. military. Dependents must present a Department of Defense ID (DD Form 1173) that identifies the dependent and his/her sponsor. The pass is available in person at National Park or U.S. Fish & Wildlife entrance stations or other facilities where passes are sold and issued. Contact a park or refuge near you to determine if the Annual Pass - Military is available. The Annual Pass - Military is used in the same manner as the Interagency Annual Pass listed above.

 
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America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Access Pass
The Interagency Access Pass is a free pass for U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. with a medically determined permanent disability. Proof of residency and documentation are required to obtain this pass. Acceptable documentation includes: a statement from a licensed physician; a document issued by a Federal agency, such as the Veteran's Administration; Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income statement; or a document issued by a State agency for vocational rehabilitation. Showing a state motor vehicle disability hang tag is not acceptable. The Interagency Access Pass provides access to Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee. The Access Pass is valid for the lifetime of the pass owner whose signature is on the pass. The Access Pass provides a 50% discount for the pass owner only, on some Expanded Amenity Fees such as camping, boat launches, and specialized interpretive tours, including cave tours. This pass does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.

 
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America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Volunteer Pass
The Interagency Volunteer Pass is a free pass for volunteers who acquire 250 service hours on a cumulative basis. The Volunteer Pass provides access to Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee for a full year from the month of issuance. Once the 250-hour requirement is reached and a pass is issued, the volunteer's hours are reset to zero and the process begins again. Only one Interagency Volunteer Pass may be issued per 12-month period. The Volunteer Pass has one signature line and must be signed by the volunteer who earned the pass. The Interagency Volunteer Pass is treated the same as an Interagency Annual Pass. This pass does not cover other fees, such as camping, boating, cave tours, parking, or fees charged by concessionaires.

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