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.


Early Summer Tour Schedule (May 23 - June 6, 2015):

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

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 will be offered at 11:30 a.m. on the following dates: May 31, June 3, 8, 13, 16, 20, and 22. 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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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., 12:00 p.m., 12:40 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:20 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:40 p.m., 3:20 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. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. 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 23 - September 12, 2015):

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

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. (Last day is Labor Day Monday.)

NOTE: Beginning August 21 through Labor Day Monday, 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, 2015. Wild Caving Tours may be offered into September.

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Early Fall Tour Schedule (September 13 - October 4, 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 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, 2015):

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

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

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

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Early Winter Tour Schedule (October 19 - November 29, 2015):

Visitor Center hours - Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Closed on Thanksgiving Day.

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 30, 2015, the Visitor Center will be CLOSED two days a week (to be determined), 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, 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 (November 30, 2015 through mid-March 2016):

Visitor Center open five days per week, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., (closed on Federal holidays).

Scenic Tour will be offered three days each week at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

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

Wild Caving Tour will be offered during this off-season. Reservations are required and should be made in advance (2 - 28 days) by phone. NOTE: Tour available at 11:00 a.m. (check-in) on the following dates: to be determined. The reservation deadline for each date is the Wednesday prior to the scheduled tour.
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Spring Tour Schedule (mid-March 2016 - early May 2016):

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

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.

Wild Caving Tour will be offered during the off-season. Reservations are required and should be made in advance (2 - 28 days) by phone. NOTE: Tour available at 11:00 a.m. (check-in) on the following date: TBA. The reservation deadline for this tour is the Wednesday prior to the scheduled tour.
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Late Spring Tour Schedule (early May - late May, 2016):

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 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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