No Reservations in 2013
Beginning January 2, 2013, Jewel Cave National Monument will not offer advanced ticket reservations, except for Wild Caving dates. Due to construction projects and assumed disruptions in service, ticket sales will occur on a first come first serve basis. More »
Support Your Park
Scout Ranger Program
Jewel Cave National Monument welcomes Scouting troops from across the country to participate in the Scout Ranger Program. The program provides Boy Scouts with unique opportunities to take an active role within the National Park Service. Ranging from an engaging service project to taking part in an interpretive cave tour, participating scouts learn about resource management and cave stewardship. An activity booklet complements the overall experience. Upon completion of the program requirements, participating Boy Scouts earn an embroidered patch and certificate. For more information, please contact the VIP Coordinator at (605) 673-8300.
Black Hills Cave Restoration Camp
This annual week-long event is hosted by Wind Cave National Park and Jewel Cave National Monument. The goal of the project is to restore the cave's natural condition along the public tour routes, by removing accumulations of "lint" (clothing fibers, hair, skin cells), trail dust, and other unnatural debris.
There is no registration fee, and housing is provided. Two days will be spent working at each cave, with Thursday as a "day off" for caving and/or sightseeing. Prior cave restoration experience is desired, but not required.
This year's Restoration Camp will be held August 26-30, 2013. Volunteers will work on removal of lint, candle wax, and fill material along the Lantern Tour route. If you are interested in helping with this rewarding volunteer project, please contact Kelly Mathis by August 17, 2013 at (605) 673-8324 or by email.
About the VIP Program at Jewel Cave National Monument
Interpretive Volunteer duties include researching, preparing and presenting thematic cave tours and a variety of surface programs including tours and programs for educational groups; staffing visitor center information desk including tour ticket sales and book sales; offering orientation and information services in informal settings; answering public information requests; and assisting with special projects.
For more information regarding Jewel Cave National Monument volunteer program, please contact the Park Volunteer Coordinator at (605) 673-8300.
Volunteer Caving Opportunities
Volunteers often enter undeveloped portions of Jewel Cave to assist the park with a variety of projects, including water sampling, impact monitoring, surveying and mapping, and gathering data for scientific studies. Experienced cavers who are interested in helping with these trips can contact Rene Ohms at (605) 673-8310 or Mike Wiles at (605) 673-8308.
Note that all caving trips in Jewel Cave are led by qualified trip leaders, who have met the prerequisites outlined in the Cave and Karst Management Plan and have taken training offered by the park.
Did You Know?
Jewel Cave has only one natural entrance. Although the cave is more than 160 miles long, it lies beneath just 3 square miles of land area.