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    Jewel Cave

    National Monument South Dakota

Plan Your Visit

Construction Projects near Jewel Cave

There are multiple construction projects planned in 2014. Highway 16 through the monument and the visitor center parking lot are scheduled for improvements beginning in March through the fall months. Travelers may experience some delays due to roadwork. The visitor center parking lot project is planned for construction from this spring through early fall. 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

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.

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