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January 10, 2018
Jewel Cave is Taking School Program Reservations
Bring the National Park Service into your classroom. During late January, February, and early March, park rangers from Jewel Cave will travel to local schools to conduct educational activities. Programs are only offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays through March 8. Advanced reservations will be taken through February 2.

December 15, 2017
Jewel Cave Announces Holiday Season Schedule
First Day Hikes - Go Snowshoeing on January 1, 2018. Jewel Cave is offering guided cave tours in addition to ranger-led snowshoe hikes at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. In celebration of the New Year, these two First Day Hikes are part of the Healthy Parks Healthy People program.

October 13, 2017
Jewel Cave Readies for Prescribed Fire
Teaming up with the Black Hills Fire Use Module, Jewel Cave National Monument is hoping to conduct a 309-acre burn on the south side of Hwy 16, along the entry road to the visitor center. The burn window for this project is scheduled to open the week of October 16th.

September 22, 2017
Jewel Cave Hosts Teacher Project WILD Workshop
A workshop for teachers and educators related to Project WILD and Project Learning Tree is offered from October 13-15, 2017. The deadline to apply for the workshop is October 11. An academic credit hour is available for interested participants.

September 19, 2017
Free Tours at Jewel Cave and Wind Cave for National Public Lands Day
Free tours offered at Jewel Cave and Wind Cave in celebration of National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Jewel Cave will also host volunteer projects for this special day of service and celebration. Volunteer activities begin at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.

July 28, 2017
Jewel Cave Teams Up With Black Hills Central Reservations
Working in collaboration with Black Hills Central Reservations, Jewel Cave is offering visitors the ability to purchase tickets in advance (over 48 hours) for the Scenic Cave Tour using an online service: or through a call center at 844-245-6179. Tickets for same day tours are available on a first come, first served basis at the Monument.

June 02, 2017
Jewel Cave Celebrates National Trails Day 2017
For the 8th consecutive year, Jewel Cave staff offer two hikes on Saturday, June 3. The first hike starts at 10 a.m. on the Roof Trail. The second hike starts at 1 p.m. and treks the 3.5-mile Canyons Trail. Both activities begin at the visitor center.

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.

Last updated: July 11, 2016

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