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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 »

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.


Late Summer Tour Schedule
(August 28 - September 6, 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., 12:00 p.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 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 21 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 23, 2014.

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Early Fall Tour Schedule (September 7 - October 4, 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 5 - 18, 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 19 - November 30, 2014):

Visitor Center hours - Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Closed on Federal holidays - Veterans Day (Nov. 11, 2014) and Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 27, 2014)

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.

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Beginning December 1, 2014, the Visitor Center will be CLOSED on weekends and the following winter Federal holidays: 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.

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Winter Tour Schedule (December 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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Spring Tour Schedule (mid March - early May, 2015):

Visitor Center open daily, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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 9 - 22, 2015):

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 23 - June 6, 2015):

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 4 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. Tour dates are determined by staff availability to conduct this tour.

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Summer Tour Schedule (June 7 - August 22, 2015):

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

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., (11:15 a.m.), 12:45 p.m., (2:15 p.m.), and 3:30 p.m.

Wild Caving 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. 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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Did You Know?

Bird Bath Conulite

Jewel Cave is world renowned for its crystal-lined passages and rare cave formations such as hydromagnesite balloons and conulites.