No Reservations in 2013
Beginning January 2, 2013, Jewel Cave National Monument will not offer advanced ticket reservations, except for Wild Caving dates. Due to construction projects and assumed disruptions in service, ticket sales will occur on a first come first serve basis. More »
Plan Your Visit
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. Tour tickets are available at the Monument on a first-come, first-served basis. The Visitor Center is open daily, year-round, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
Free Entrance Days in the National Parks
America's Best Idea - the national parks - gets even better with several fee-free days at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees. Jewel Cave National Monument honors these days with fee-free cave tours that are regularly scheduled. Due to limited space, fee-free tours are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tour tickets are only provided on the day(s) of the scheduled tours; advance tickets are not available. To make these dates even more enjoyable, visitors are encouraged to take part in guided nature hikes, interpretive patio talks, and youth programs.
Mark your calendars for these fee-free dates in 2013:
January 21 / Martin Luther King Jr. Day
April 22-26 / National Park Week
August 25 / National Park Service Birthday
September 28 / National Public Lands Day
November 9 - 11 / Veterans Day Weekend
Tip: Many of the 398 national parks never charge an entrance fee. As you plan your visit to the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, check out the other NPS sites and see how they can be added to your travel route.
Did You Know?
The largest room discovered in Jewel Cave is called the Big Duh. It measures 570 feet long, is 180 feet wide at its widest point, and is 30 feet tall.