November 1 - Change in Hours of Operation and Tour Schedule
The visitor center will be open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (closed on weekends). Guided cave tours will only be available on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays of each week. Tours will not be available on Mondays and Tuesdays. More »
Public Feedback Requested
Jewel Cave National Monument is requesting public feedback for the proposed fee increases of cave tour tickets in 2014. Visit the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website for more information or to provide comments. More »
All entrance into the cave is ranger-guided. Cave tours must have a minimum of 2 participants. Fees are charged for all cave tours. 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. For the winter season, 2013 - 2014, cave tours are not available on a daily basis.
Beginning November 1, 2013, the Visitor Center will be CLOSED on weekends through early March 2014, and the following Federal holidays: Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and Presidents' Day. In the event of inclement weather during the work week (Monday - Friday), visitors are advised to call ahead at (605) 673-8300. The Visitor Center hours of operation are subject to change during severe weather and emergency situations.
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Did You Know?
Cave explorers at Jewel Cave National Monument always abide by the rule of three: Carry at least 3 independent sources of light, cave with at least 3 people in your group, and maintain 3 points of contact with the rock when climbing.