Plan Your Visit

A close-up of calcite crystals/NPS file photo

Calcite crystals decorate the interior of Jewel Cave.

NPS photo


Welcome to Jewel Cave National Monument!

The monument is home to the third longest cave in the world. 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. Tour tickets are available at the monument on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please use our website to plan your visit and find information on:

  • Operating Hours & Seasons, including the opening and closing hours of the visitor center; and the available tour schedule, which changes by season (dates listed).
  • Fees & Passes, including ticket prices for each tour type.
  • Permits & Reservations, including special use permits for commercial use and other special activities.
  • Directions, from nearby Custer, SD and Newcastle, WY; most GPS units do not take you directly to Jewel Cave's location.
  • Things to Do, including Guided Tours – Scenic Tour, Discovery Talk, Historic Lantern Tour, and the Wild Caving Tour.

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