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

A long stair system descends into Jewel Cave along the Scenic Tour route.

Phased Reopening

Some monument locations are closed due to COVID-19. The Visitor Center is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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.

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

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 leads a group of Junior Rangers down the Roof Trail.

Explore the Surface of Jewel Cave

Ranger-guided nature hikes are offered during the summer season. The hikes explore the ponderosa pine forest and Black Hills habitat.

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.

A long line of visitors are waiting to buy tour tickets at a kiosk.

Get Prepared for Your Visit

All cave access is temporarily suspended; however, in a typical summer, tours sell out by mid-morning. Use these tips to prepare for a tour.

Last updated: July 10, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

11149 U.S. Hwy. 16
Building B12

Custer, SD 57730


(605) 673-8300

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