Discover One of the Last Frontiers in the World

Immerse yourself within the third longest cave in the world. With over 208 miles of mapped and surveyed passages, this underground wilderness appeals to human curiosity. Its splendor is revealed through fragile formations and glimpses of brilliant color. Its maze of passages lure explorers, and its scientific wealth remains a mystery. This resource is truly a jewel in the National Park Service. Read More

Inside a large chamber of Jewel Cave along the Scenic Tour route.

Come Experience a Guided Cave Tour

What kind of cave tour experience do you desire? Park Rangers offer four different types of cave tours ranging from easy to strenuous.

A park ranger prepares to be filmed in Lithograph Canyon for a video podcast.

Engage Yourself with Video Podcasts

Video podcasts are a great way to learn more about the monument and Black Hills. Sit back, relax, and take a ranger-guided online tour.

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Off-Season Hours of Operation

The monument is open Wednesday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dirt trail through pine trees on a sunny day

Explore the Surface of Jewel Cave

Easy-to-moderate surface hiking trails offer opportunities to observe wildlife and view wildflowers through the summer.

Three Junior Rangers stand in front of a large cave map, holding their activity booklets.

Become a Junior Ranger

Challenge your kids to learn more about the monument through the Junior Ranger and Pee Wee Ranger Programs, for kids ages 3 - 12.

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Plan Your Visit to the Cave

Although cave tours are limited, the surface provides many opportunities to explore and learn.

Last updated: September 23, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

11149 U.S. Hwy. 16
Building B12

Custer , SD 57730

Phone:

605 673-8300
The main phone line connects visitors with staff at the visitor center. Throughout the year, the phone line is monitored by staff on a daily basis, excluding holidays and days with limited visitor services. Please be advised that after-hours messages are not taken on the system; visitors are encouraged to call the visitor center during normal operations and speak with a park ranger for assistance.

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