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    Jewel Cave

    National Monument South Dakota

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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 summer season. The visitor center will be open daily, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Tours are scheduled throughout the day. No reservations for cave tours. More »

Guided Tours

All entrance into the cave is ranger-guided and on a schedule. Cave tours must have a minimum of 2 participants. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at a ticket station in or near the visitor center. Ticket prices are listed under the Fees & Reservations section for each tour type. Cave tours can sell out at any time of the year. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead for tour availability or click Operating Hours & Seasons.

 

 

General Tour Information:

  • All cave tours are ranger-guided and require a minimum of 2 participants.
  • The cave temperature is 49°F (9°C). A light jacket, sweater, or sweatshirt is recommended.
  • Low-heeled, closed-toe, rubber soled shoes are highly recommended as cave routes cover uneven, slippery ground and stairs.
  • The following items are NOT allowed on any cave tours: food, gum, candy, drinks, tobacco products, tripods, walking sticks, weapons, pets, backpacks and backpack baby carriers.
  • All items (purses, handbags, camera bags, flashlights, etc.) carried into the cave must be less than 10" X 6" X 5".
  • Certified service dogs are allowed on the Scenic and Discovery programs.
  • There are no restrooms in the cave.
  • Flash photography is allowed on the Scenic tour and Discovery programs only.
  • It is recommended that visitors be in good health and physical condition.

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.