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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 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 »

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?

A caver measures wind speed at the Humdinger / NPS file photo

Due to changes in barometric pressure, strong winds blow through Jewel Cave’s passages miles from the natural entrance. Areas in the cave where the wind is exceptionally strong or loud have names like Hurricane Corner, Whistle Stop, Exhaust Pipe, Humdinger, and Drafty Maneuver.