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.

Off-Season Hours of Operation

During the off-season, the monument is open Thursdays through Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 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.

Winter scene of snow on trees and ground with trail signs in foreground

Explore the Surface of Jewel Cave

Easy-to-moderate surface hiking trails offer snow and solitude in the off-season.

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 pine forest, showing fresh snow on the ground and flocked on the trees.

Prepare for an Off-Season Experience

Although ranger-guided cave tours are not available, the surface features still offer some beautiful scenery for off-season exploration.

Last updated: January 30, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

11149 U.S. Hwy. 16
Building B12

Custer, SD 57730


(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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