Fees & Passes
Tickets are required to enter the cave, and are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Monument. Cave tours are ranger-led and on a schedule. Tickets for cave tours can sell out at any time during the day. Teachers may call the Visitor Center to inquire about educational programs and academic fee waivers.
Cave Tour Fees:
Scenic Tour - Ticket Prices
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. Children five and under will not be allowed to participate on the Scenic Tour. Parents may not carry a child of any age. All tour participants must be able to navigate the one hour and 20-minute tour route unassisted.
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.
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. Children five and under will not be allowed to participate on the Lantern Tour. Parents may not carry a child of any age. All tour participants must be able to navigate the one hour and 45-minute tour route unassisted.
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
This 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.
America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Annual Pass, $80.00
America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Senior Pass, $10.00
America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Annual Pass - Military
America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Access Pass
America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Volunteer Pass
The Every Kid in a Park 4th Grade Pass
Available to U.S. 4th graders (including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years of age) with a valid Every Kid in a Park paper voucher. The 4th Grade Pass is valid for the duration of the 4th grade school year through the following summer (September - August). The paper vouchers can be obtained by visiting the Every Kid in a Park website and can be exchanged for the Annual 4th Grade Pass at any Federal recreation sites that charge Entrance or Standard Amenity fees. Digital versions of the voucher (such as on smart phones or tablets) will not be accepted to exchange for an Annual 4th Grade Pass. The pass is non-transferable. Educators can also be involved! Learn more at the Every Kid in a Park website.