Operating Hours & Seasons

All cave tours at Jewel Cave are scheduled, ranger-guided, and require a minimum of two visitors. Tickets are required to enter the cave, and are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Monument. Tour tickets are limited and cave tours do sell out at any time of the year. When planning a visit to Jewel Cave, it is important to know there is no food service (except vending machines) at the Monument.

 

CAVE TOUR SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE due to staff availability, emergency situations, construction projects, inclement weather, and/or special events.

Beginning December 6, 2015, the Visitor Center will be CLOSED on Sundays and Mondays each week, and the following winter Federal holidays: Christmas Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and Presidents' Day. In the event of inclement weather during the work week, visitors are advised to call ahead at (605) 673-8300. Visitor Center hours of operation are subject to change during severe weather.

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Winter Tour Schedule (December 6, 2015 through mid-March, 2016):

Visitor Center Hours - Open Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mountain Time). The Visitor Center is Closed on Sundays, Mondays, and Federal holidays. Cave tours will not be available from Sunday through Wednesday during the winter season.

Scenic Tour will be offered three days (Thursday - Saturday) each week at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Discovery Tour will be offered three days (Thursday - Saturday) each week at 9:05 a.m., 12:45 p.m., and 3:45 p.m.

Wild Caving Tour will be offered once a month during this off-season. The Wild Caving Tour will be available on Saturdays - February 20 and March 19. Reservations are required and should be made in advance (2 - 28 days) by phone. NOTE: The reservation deadline for each tour date is the Thursday prior to the scheduled tour. A minimum of four visitors is required for this tour to proceed with a maximum of five.
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Spring Tour Schedule (mid-March, 2016 - early May, 2016):

Visitor Center Hours - Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)

Scenic Tour offered at 10:00 a.m., 12:40 p.m., and 2:40 p.m.

Discovery Tour offered at 9:35 a.m., 11:35 a.m., 1:35 p.m., and 3:35 p.m.

Wild Caving Tour will be offered on Saturday, April 16, 2016. Reservations are required and should be made in advance (2 - 28 days) by phone. NOTE: This tour is available at 11:00 a.m. (check-in) on the scheduled date. The reservation deadline for this tour is the Thursday prior to the scheduled tour. A minimum of four visitors is required for this tour to proceed with a maximum of five. There are no planned Wild Caving Tours in the month of May.
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Late Spring Tour Schedule (early May - late May, 2016):

Visitor Center Hours - Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)

Scenic Tour offered daily at 9:20 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 12:40 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 2:40 p.m.

Discovery Tour offered daily at 9:35 a.m., 11:35 a.m., 1:35 p.m., and 3:35 p.m.

There are no Historic Lantern Tours or Wild Caving Tours during the month of May.

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Early Summer Tour Schedule (May 28 - June 11, 2016):

Visitor Center Hours - Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)

Scenic Tour offered daily at 9:20 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 12:40 p.m., 1:20 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:40 p.m., 3:20 p.m., and 3:40 p.m.

Discovery Tour offered daily at 9:35 a.m., 11:35 a.m., 1:35 p.m., and 4:25 p.m.

Historic Lantern Tours may begin on Thursday, June 9 at 9:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. depending on the following statement.

NOTE: Due to unpredictable weather conditions and the presence of hibernating bats, Historic Lantern Tour dates may be suspended into mid-June. Interested participants should contact the visitor center in early June for a firm schedule.

A Wild Caving Tour will be offered at 11:30 a.m. on the following dates: TBA. Reservations are required and can be made 2- 28 days in advance by phone. Check in time at the visitor center is 11:00 AM. NOTE: Would you like a real adventure? Anyone over the age of 16 can take part in our Wild Caving Tour. Call us for details about this tour.

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Summer Tour Schedule (June 12 - August 20, 2016):

Visitor Center Hours - Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)

Scenic Tour offered daily at 9:00 a.m., 9:20 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 12:40 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:20 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:40 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 3:20 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.

Discovery Tour offered daily at 9:35 a.m., 11:35 a.m., 1:35 p.m., 3:35 p.m., and 4:35 p.m.

Historic Lantern Tour offered daily at 9:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Additional Lantern Tours may be available at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m., except for Mondays and Fridays.

A Wild Caving Tour will be offered at 11:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays in July. Reservations are required and can be made 28 days in advance. Check in time at the visitor center is 11:00 AM. NOTE: Would you like a real adventure? Anyone over the age of 16 can take part in our Wild Caving Tour. Call us for details about this tour.

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Late Summer Tour Schedule (August 21 - September 6, 2016):

Visitor Center Hours - Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)

Scenic Tour offered daily at 9:00 a.m., 9:20 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 12:40 p.m., 1:20 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:40 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 3:40 p.m.

Discovery Tour offered daily at 9:35 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:35 a.m., 1:35 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m., and 4:25 p.m.

Historic Lantern Tour offered daily at 9:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. (Last day is Labor Day Monday.)

A Wild Caving Tour will be offered at 11:30 a.m. on (to be determined). Reservations are required. There are no other Wild Caving Tours offered in September.

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Early Fall Tour Schedule (September 7 - October 2, 2016):

Visitor Center Hours - Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)

Scenic Tour offered daily at 9:20 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 12:40 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 2:40 p.m.

Discovery Tour offered daily at 9:35 a.m. and 11:35 a.m., 1:35 p.m. and 3:35 p.m.

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Fall Tour Schedule (October 3 - 23, 2016):

Visitor Center Hours - Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)

Scenic Tour offered at 10:00 a.m., 12:40 p.m., and 2:40 p.m.

Discovery Tour offered at 9:35 a.m., 11:35 a.m., 1:35 p.m., and 3:35 p.m.

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Early Winter Tour Schedule (October 24 - November 27, 2016):

Visitor Center Hours - Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mountain Time). The Monument is Closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 24.

Scenic Tour offered daily at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Discovery Tour offered daily at 9:05 a.m., 12:45 p.m., and 3:45 p.m.

Wild Caving Tour will be offered once a month during the off-season (dates to be determined). The Wild Caving Tour meets at 11:00 a.m. (check-in). Reservations are required and should be made in advance (2 - 28 days) by phone. Note: The reservation deadline for this date is the Thursday prior to the scheduled tour. A minimum of four visitors is required for this tour to proceed with a maximum of five.

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