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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 spring season. The visitor center will be open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and closed on weekends through April. No reservations for cave tours. More »

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.

Spring Tour Schedule (March 18 - May 9, 2014):

Visitor Center open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Due to construction projects in March through May 3, the Visitor Center is closed on weekends.)

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

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

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Late Spring Tour Schedule (May 10 - 23, 2014):

Visitor Center hours - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (daily)

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 11:35 a.m., 1:35 p.m., and 3:35 p.m.

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Early Summer Tour Schedule (May 24 - June 7, 2014):

Visitor Center hours - 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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 5 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 may be offered at 11:30 a.m. in early June 2014. Tour dates are determined by staff availability to conduct this tour. Dates will be announced by the end of May.

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Summer Tour Schedule
(June 8 - August 16, 2014):

Visitor Center hours - 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Scenic Tour offered daily at 8:30 a.m., 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., 11:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

Wild Caving (Spelunking) Tour will be offered at 11:30 a.m. daily, except for Sunday and Friday. Reservations are required and can be made 28 days in advance. Check in time at the visitor center is 11:00 AM.

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Late Summer Tour Schedule (August 17 - September 1, 2014):

Visitor Center hours - 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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., 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 Tour offered daily at 9:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

NOTE: Beginning August 22 through Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 1), Historic Lantern Tours will be available at 9:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

Wild Caving (Spelunking) Tour offered 3 days a week at 11:30 a.m. through August 22, 2014.

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Early Fall Tour Schedule (September 2 - 30, 2014):

Visitor Center hours - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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 1 - 19, 2014):

Visitor Center hours - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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

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

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Early Winter Tour Schedule (October 20 - 31, 2014):

Visitor Center hours - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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.

Beginning November 1, the Visitor Center will be CLOSED on weekends 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. Visitor Center hours of operation are subject to change during severe weather.

Winter Tour Schedule (November 1, 2014 - mid March 2015):

Visitor Center open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., (closed on weekends and Federal holidays)

Scenic Tour offered Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

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

Wild Caving Tour may be offered once a month during the off-season at 11:30 a.m. with a check-in time of 11:00 a.m. at the visitor center. Reservations are required and should be made in advance (2 - 28 days) by phone. NOTE: Tour dates have not been determined for 2014.
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Did You Know?

Person exploring the cave/NPS file photo

Over 80,000 people a year go on cave tours at Jewel Cave National Monument. In the summer season, visitors can tour 3 different areas of Jewel Cave.