Explore and 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

The Scenic Tour route enhancement project in the cave.

Scenic Tour Enhancement Project 2019

Phase Two of the Scenic Tour enhancement project will take place from late September 2019 through late May 2020. Cave tours are suspended.

Cave room showing calcite crystals in an explored part of the cave.

Upcoming Positions at Jewel Cave in 2020

Positions available in January 2020 and May 2020.

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.

Park Ranger leading a group of visitors down a hiking trail.

Explore the Surface of Jewel Cave

Guided nature hikes occur daily during the summer months. The hikes provide recreation and a chance to learn about the pine forest.

A young girl dressed as a Junior Ranger with a badge and ranger hat.

Junior Rangers: A Step Above the Rest

Challenge and provoke your kids to learn more about the monument through the Junior Ranger Program, for kids ages 5 - 12.

Visitors standing in line at the ticket kiosk.

Plan Your Visit

Cave tours often fill to capacity by mid to late morning during the summer season. Plan ahead for an efficient and enjoyable experience.

Last updated: November 13, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

11149 U.S. Hwy. 16
Building B12

Custer, SD 57730


(605) 673-8300

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