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    Jewel Cave

    National Monument South Dakota

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  • Caution - Roadwork on Highway 16

    Construction projects both along highway 16 and the Jewel Cave parking lot are in progress. The Jewel Cave Visitor Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with tours scheduled throughout the day. No reservations for cave tours.

  • Highway 16 construction near Jewel Cave entrance

    Construction of Highway 16 through Jewel Cave National Monument is progressing on schedule. Motorists should use caution while traveling through the construction zone. Visitors to Jewel Cave should plan extra travel time and come early in the day. More »

  • The parking lot at Jewel Cave takes shape

    Jewel Cave's parking lot project is on schedule for completion this fall. The stairs and wheelchair ramp to the visitor center are under construction. Signage along a service road and staff assistance will help guide visitors to the visitor center. More »


Black Hills Parks & Forests Association (BHPFA)

The BHPFA is the non-profit cooperating arm of the National Park Service, National Forest Service, South Dakota Game Fish & Parks, and National Grasslands operating sales outlets in 14 locations throughout the Black Hills and the Nebraska Panhandle. Purchases from these sites support interpretive programming. The bookstore located in the Jewel Cave Visitor Center offers a variety of interpretive materials about Jewel Cave, the Black Hills, and the people who settled and live here. All purchases help support interpretive programming at Jewel Cave NM including: visitor center exhibits, internship programs, Jr. Ranger program, and ranger-led programs for visitors.

You can also support the park by becoming a member of BHPFA. Membership dues are $29.95 annually and benefits include 15% discount on all bookstore purchases as well as discounts at participating Cooperating Association stores across the country. Purchases of bookstore items can also be made online by visiting our website – www.blackhillsparks.org.

Black Hills Parks & Forests Association
26611 US Hwy 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747
Phone: 605-745-7020


The Jewel Cave Adventure

The Jewel Cave Adventure was written by early cave explorers, Herb and Jan Conn, to trace the history, discoveries, and exploration of Jewel Cave during the 1960s. Herb and Jan Conn documented over 50 miles of discovered cave passages.

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The Story Behind the Scenery and American e-Book Center

The Story Behind The Scenery
Enjoy digital by activating the e-Book card to download the story of Jewel Cave to your mobile device.

Did You Know?

Red squirrel sitting on a branch/NPS file photo

Red squirrels can be seen year round in Jewel Cave National Monument harvesting pine cones from ponderosa pine trees.