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    Jewel Cave

    National Monument South Dakota

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  • Caution - Roadwork on Highway 16

    Construction projects both along highway 16 and the Jewel Cave parking lot are in progress. The Jewel Cave Visitor Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with tours scheduled throughout the day. 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 this fall. The stairs and wheelchair ramp to the visitor center are under construction. Signage along a service road and staff assistance will help guide visitors to the visitor center. More »

Plan Your Visit

Jewel Cave and Wind Cave Announce Fee Increases

The two National Park Service caves in the Black Hills will be raising their rates as of April 30, 2014. Prices were raised after park managers solicited public comments on the proposed changes via public meetings, media releases, and on-line postings.

Prices for Jewel Cave's Scenic and Historic Lantern Tours will increase from $8 to $12 for adults and from $4 to $8 for youth ages 6-16.The Wild Caving Tour price will be $31, up from $27.

At both caves, children 5 and under are free. Holders of the Golden Age or Senior Pass, along with Golden Access Pass, are half price.

For Wind Cave's fees, visit the park's website at www.nps.gov/wica.

Construction Projects near Jewel Cave

There are multiple construction projects planned this spring (2014). Highway 16 through the monument and the visitor center parking lot are scheduled for improvements beginning in March. Travelers may experience some delays due to roadwork. The visitor center parking lot project is planned for construction this spring and early summer. For the safety of visitors, staff, and work crews, Jewel Cave will remain closed on weekends through April. Due to these projects, there are no reservations for cave tours this year.

A visit to Jewel Cave National Monument is most enjoyable when it is pre-planned. We suggest you begin by deciding which cave tour is appropriate for you and your family. All cave tours are ranger-guided and fees are charged for tours (prices are available on the Fees and Reservations page). Tour tickets are available at the Monument on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, click on the Operating Hours and Seasons page for an updated tour schedule and visitor center hours of operation.

The National Park Service offers nine free entrance days in 2014.

In an effort to encourage public awareness of our nation’s rich natural and cultural history, these special dates are an entrance fee free day for many sites within the National Park Service. Jewel Cave National Monument is extending an invitation to the general public to experience guided cave tours free of charge on a few of these special fee-free days in 2014. At Jewel Cave, all regularly scheduled Discovery Tours and Scenic Tours (and Historic Lantern Tours on August 25) will be offered free of charge on a first-come, first-serve basis; no reservations will be taken for cave tours on these dates.

January 20 / Jewel Cave is closed
February 15-17 / Jewel Cave is closed
April 19-20 / Jewel Cave is closed
August 25
September 27
November 11 / Jewel Cave is closed

NOTE: Fees that are waived on these special dates include entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as guided cave tours, camping, boat tours, concession activities, and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Did You Know?

Fire at Jewel Cave/NPS file photo

In 2000, the Jasper Fire burned over 90% of the surface of Jewel Cave National Monument. Fortunately, the Visitor Center and other buildings on the Monument were saved.