Park Newspaper
View or download a copy of the park newspaper.

News Releases
Read about recent happenings at Jewel Cave.


Subscribe RSS Icon | What is RSS

February 23, 2017
Spring Breakers Should Plan Ahead
The postponed elevator condition assessment will take place from February 27 - March 3 and again from March 13 - 17. Cave tours will not be available during these assessment periods. Cave tours will be offered on weekends only.

January 27, 2017
Elevator Condition Assessment Delayed at Jewel Cave
Jewel Cave will be open for visitors from January 30 - February 10. Technical experts and contractors are unavailable to assist the Monument with the elevator condition assessment as originally planned.

January 17, 2017
Jewel Cave Prepares for Elevator Assessment
Elevator technicians and park staff will be assessing the elevator shaft and related components starting on Monday, January 30, and this process is scheduled to conclude on Friday, February 10, 2017.

January 13, 2017
New Year and New Discoveries at Jewel Cave
Volunteer cavers realized that 2017 would be a year of great excitement. The cavers traveled to the recently established Deep Camp and while there, they mapped and surveyed 9,777 feet of new passages. They also discovered two new lakes on January 1, 2017.

January 06, 2017
Jewel Cave is Snowshoeing into the Next Century
Give yourself the gift of good health by getting outdoors and taking part in a snowshoe hike at Jewel Cave. Snowshoe hikes are scheduled for Saturdays, January 14, February 18, and March 18, at 1:00 p.m. on the Roof Trail near the visitor center.

December 07, 2016
Jewel Cave to Host Geology Program
The staff at Jewel Cave will present a program called Geology Rocks on Saturday, December 10, at 11:00 a.m. Jewel Cave is an amazing geological resource with a fascinating history to be discussed at the visitor center.

November 18, 2016
Skip the Lines and OptOutside at Jewel Cave
The staff at Jewel Cave is hosting two special programs on Friday, November 25 as an alternative to Black Friday shopping. A Park Ranger will lead a nature hike at 11:00 a.m. followed by an interpretive talk on cave exploration at 1:30 p.m.

November 04, 2016
Jewel Cave Announces Off-Season Facility Hours and Cave Tour Schedule
Jewel Cave announces that it will be open 7 days a week this winter, excluding Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. The visitor center is open 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Beginning Monday, Nov. 28, a limited tour schedule will be available. Scenic Tours and Discovery Talks are only offered on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

October 07, 2016
Jewel Cave Hosts Earth Science Programs on October 15
Jewel Cave hosts an afternoon of special programs to celebrate Earth Science Week. On October 15, programs will be available from 1 - 4 p.m. at the visitor center.

September 16, 2016
Jewel Cave Seeking Volunteers on National Public Lands Day
Jewel Cave is proud to offer opportunities for volunteers on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 1-4 p.m. Join park staff at the visitor center to learn about volunteer projects that day. This date is a fee free day, which Jewel Cave will waive all cave tour fees for the regularly scheduled cave tours on a first come, first serve basis. A Junior Ranger

September 07, 2016
Jewel Cave to Begin After-School Programs at Local Libraries
Jewel Cave to offer special programming for students and children at their local libraries. Beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 20, a park ranger will be in Newcastle on the third Tuesday of each month. A park ranger will be in Custer on the third Wednesday of each month through April 2017.

August 26, 2016
Jewel Cave Teams Up with The Outdoor Campus
Jewel Cave teams up with The Outdoor Campus to host a special Centennial program on Tuesday, August 30, at 6:30 p.m.

August 05, 2016
Jewel Cave Invites Everyone to FindYourPark during the NPS Centennial
Jewel Cave National Monument invites visitors of all ages to join in the celebration of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. Special events will take place at Jewel Cave throughout the week of August 22. Come join us on August 25 for the NPS birthday celebration.

August 05, 2016
Jewel Cave Hosts Teacher Workshop about Cave Education
Jewel Cave is hosting an educational workshop for teachers entitled "Explore and Discover Cave Education." This workshop takes place September 9 - 11, with sessions starting Friday evening and ending late morning on Sunday. An academic credit hour is available for interested participants. Space is limited to 15 participants, and reservations are required in advance.

July 19, 2016
Junior Ranger Day at Jewel Cave
Jewel Cave is excited to offer special activities for Junior Rangers on Saturday, July 23, from 10 - 11:30 a.m. Come join us at the visitor center.

July 08, 2016
Cub Scout Adventures Returning to Jewel Cave
Jewel Cave is hosting the return of Cub Scout Adventures Day on Saturday, July 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cub Scouts will be able to participate in ranger-led activities in order to earn their Adventure Loops.

June 24, 2016
Theodore Roosevelt Coming to Jewel Cave
Jewel Cave National Monument is excited to announce that Gib Young, professional Theodore Roosevelt impersonator, will be performing a living history program on Sunday, July 3, 2016 from 1 - 4 p.m. at the visitor center.

June 10, 2016
Jewel Cave Celebrates Centennial With Special Junior Ranger Days
Jewel Cave National Monument has designated special days as Junior Ranger Days in 2016. On the following Saturdays - June 25, July 23, August 27, and September 24, Jewel Cave is hosting special programs from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

June 01, 2016
Jewel Cave Celebrates National Trails Day and an Open House
Jewel Cave is offering two ranger-guided hikes on Saturday, June 4, 2016. Both hikes start at the Jewel Cave visitor center. The Monument is also hosting an Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the successful completion of an addition to the visitor center.

April 21, 2016
Tourism to Badlands and Black Hills National Park Sites Creates Economic Benefits in 2015
Tourism to Badlands and park sites in the Black Hills creates $355,585 in economic benefits in 2015. Report shows visitor spending supports 4,677 jobs in local economy.

April 09, 2016
Voices Lead National Park Week Activities in Area Parks
Songs written by students with the help of professional songwriters highlight events planned in area parks for National Park Week, April 16 - 24.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

11149 U.S. Hwy. 16
Building B12

Custer, SD 57730


(605) 673-8300
Park Information

Contact Us