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 »
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.
Did You Know?
The “jewels” of Jewel Cave are calcite spar crystals. Calcite, which is about as hard as your fingernail, is too soft to be considered a true jewel.