Caution - Roadwork to begin on Highway 16
Construction projects along highway 16 through the Monument are planned during this spring season. The Jewel Cave visitor center will be open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and closed on weekends through late March and possibly mid-April. More »
Things To Know Before You Come
All cave tours are considered moderate to very strenuous. The Discovery Tour is the only cave tour that is wheelchair accessible.
1. All cave tours are ranger guided and offer available space for a limited number of visitors.
2. The cave temperature is a constant 49 degrees Fahrenheit (9 degrees Celsius). A light jacket or sweatshirt, and low-heeled rubber-soled, closed-toe walking shoes or hiking boots are recommended for all tours.
3. Cave tours are not recommended for anyone with claustrophobia, heart or respiratory conditions, recent surgeries or illnesses, or other physical limitations.
4. Food, drinks, candy, gum, tobacco products, large purses, handbags, backpacks, large camera bags and walking sticks are not permitted on any cave tour.
5. Flash photography is allowed on the Scenic and Discovery Tours, but tripods are not. Cameras are not permitted on the Historic Lantern or the Wild Caving Tours.
6. There are no restroom facilities or drinking fountains in the cave.
7. Large items, such as walkers, canes, crutches, and oxygen tanks, are only allowed on the Discovery Tour.
8. No pets are allowed in the cave, with the exception of certified service dogs only on the Scenic and Discovery Tours.
9. Children of all ages are welcome on the Scenic and Discovery Tours. If you are traveling with small children, bear in mind that most two and three year olds cannot walk the entire Scenic Tour route. Carrying children on the tour is not recommended due to safety issues; it is important that visitors have their hands free to grip the handrails.
10. Baby backpacks and strollers are not permitted in the cave.
11. Cell phone reception is poor at best in the Black Hills and almost non-existent at Jewel Cave National Monument.
12. Pets cannot be left unattended in (or around) the visitor center parking lot, visitor facilities, or in a vehicle without proper ventilation. Pets should also not be left unattended within any vehicle during the summer season.
Did You Know?
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.