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    Jewel Cave

    National Monument South Dakota

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  • Caution - Roadwork on Highway 16 - Expect Delays

    Construction projects both along highway 16 and the Jewel Cave parking lot are planned during this summer season. The visitor center will be open daily, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Tours are scheduled throughout the day. No reservations for cave tours. More »

Interagency Passes

America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Program provides five pass options (Annual, Senior, Access, Military, and Volunteer) for the public to use at Federal recreation sites where entrance or amenity fees are charged. Recreation fees continue to provide a vital source of revenue for improving facilities and visitor services at a variety of public lands. These annual or lifetime passes provide an affordable and convenient way to access Federal recreation lands within the National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and Bureau of Land Management. Up to 100% of the pass program's proceeds are used to improve and enhance visitor recreation services.

Each Interagency Pass admits the pass owner and passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle at a per-vehicle entrance fee area or the pass owner plus 3 adults at a per-person entrance fee area. Each pass is non-transferable. Scroll down to see the types of passes available at Jewel Cave National Monument. For more information on tour fees and pass use, see the Fees & Reservations page.

 
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America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Annual Pass, $80.00
The Interagency Annual Pass is available to the general public and provides access to Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee. The Annual Pass is valid for a full year from the month of purchase and allows for two pass owners' signatures on the pass. The Annual Pass does not cover other fees, such as camping, boating, cave tours, parking, or fees charged by concessionaires.

 
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America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Senior Pass, $10.00
The Interagency Senior Pass is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. who are 62 years of age or older. The Senior Pass provides access to Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee. The Interagency Senior Pass is valid for the lifetime of the pass owner whose signature is on the pass. The Senior Pass also provides a 50% discount for the pass owner only, on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services, including cave tours. This pass does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.

 
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America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Annual Pass - Military
The Interagency Annual Pass - Military is a free pass for current U.S. military personnel and their dependents with proper military identification. To obtain a pass, applicants must present a Department of Defense ID (CAC Card) that identifies the person as an Active duty member of the U.S. military. Dependents must present a Department of Defense ID (DD Form 1173) that identifies the dependent and his/her sponsor. The pass is available in person at National Park or U.S. Fish & Wildlife entrance stations or other facilities where passes are sold and issued. Contact a park or refuge near you to determine if the Annual Pass - Military is available. The Annual Pass - Military is used in the same manner as the Interagency Annual Pass listed above.

 
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America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Access Pass
The Interagency Access Pass is a free pass for U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. with a medically determined permanent disability. Proof of residency and documentation are required to obtain this pass. Acceptable documentation includes: a statement from a licensed physician; a document issued by a Federal agency, such as the Veteran's Administration; Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income statement; or a document issued by a State agency for vocational rehabilitation. Showing a state motor vehicle disability hang tag is not acceptable. The Interagency Access Pass provides access to Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee. The Access Pass is valid for the lifetime of the pass owner whose signature is on the pass. The Access Pass provides a 50% discount for the pass owner only, on some Expanded Amenity Fees such as camping, boat launches, and specialized interpretive tours, including cave tours. This pass does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.

 
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America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Volunteer Pass
The Interagency Volunteer Pass is a free pass for volunteers who acquire 250 service hours on a cumulative basis. The Volunteer Pass provides access to Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee for a full year from the month of issuance. Once the 250-hour requirement is reached and a pass is issued, the volunteer's hours are reset to zero and the process begins again. Only one Interagency Volunteer Pass may be issued per 12-month period. The Volunteer Pass has one signature line and must be signed by the volunteer who earned the pass. The Interagency Volunteer Pass is treated the same as an Interagency Annual Pass. This pass does not cover other fees, such as camping, boating, cave tours, parking, or fees charged by concessionaires.

Did You Know?

Beautiful gypsum flowers in Jewel Cave/NPS file photo

When Jewel Cave was established as a National Monument in 1908, it was thought to be a small but pretty cave. It wasn’t until 1959 that explorers began to realize that Jewel Cave may be one of the longest caves in the world.