Caution - Roadwork on Highway 16 - Expect Delays
Construction projects both along highway 16 and the Jewel Cave parking lot are planned during the summer. The visitor center is open daily with tours scheduled throughout the day. Come early, pm tours are usually full. 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 by September 30. The patio area outside the visitor center is planned for work in August. 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.
Did You Know?
Red squirrels can be seen year round in Jewel Cave National Monument harvesting pine cones from ponderosa pine trees.