Plan Your Visit
Winter Season 2013 - 2014
Beginning November 1, 2013 through March 16, 2014 the visitor center is open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (closed on weekends). Guided cave tours will only be available on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays of each week. Cave tours will not be available on Mondays and Tuesdays, and the Monument is closed on Federal holidays.
Cave tour schedule changes on Monday, March 17.
Check the Operating Hours & Seasons link for tour times. Tickets are sold at the Monument on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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 early to mid-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 March and possibly through mid-April.
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
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?
The “jewels” of Jewel Cave are calcite spar crystals. Calcite, which is about as hard as your fingernail, is too soft to be considered a true jewel.