• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Wind Cave Room - Crown Jewels

The Crown Jewels in a large quartz geode
The Crown Jewels in a large quartz geode
NPS Photo by Jim Pisarowicz

John Scheltens and Dave Springhetti found this area of Wind Cave on December 29, 1979. The Crown Jewels is a huge quartz geode found in this room which has finger-like projections with manganese interiors. The beautiful crystals resemble jewels. Also known as the Ice Storm.

Did You Know?

A picture of Alvin McDonald in his caving hat.

Alvin McDonald was the first systematic explorer of Wind Cave. He explored the cave from 1890 until his death in 1893. More...