Fees are only charged for cave tours, and tickets are required to enter the cave. Due to limited space on each cave tour, advanced ticket reservations are highly recommended. In collaboration with Black Hills Central Reservations, Jewel Cave National Monument offers advanced ticket sales for a limited number of cave tours. Advanced sales are only available for the Scenic Tour and are offered for the scheduled times on the hour, such as 10 a.m., 11 a.m., etc. Please be advised that tour times change throughout the year due to visitation and available staffing.
Tours and Ticket Fees
Scenic Tour - Ticket Prices
Scenic Tour Details: This tour is moderately strenuous and lasts one hour and 20 minutes. The tour enters and exits the cave by elevator in the visitor center. The 1/2-mile tour route involves walking up and down 734 stairs along a paved trail with electrical lighting. This tour provides a winding exploration through chambers decorated with calcite crystals and other colorful speleothems. It is recommended that children five and under be taken on the Discovery Talk. Parents and guardians may not carry a child of any age on the Scenic Tour; all tour participants must be able to navigate the 734 stairs along the tour route unassisted. NOTE: 30-person maximum
Discovery Talk - Ticket Prices
Discovery Talk Details: This 20-minute program is a brief introduction to the natural and cultural history of Jewel Cave National Monument. This activity takes place inside the Target Room, the first cave chamber along the Scenic Tour route. This easy and accessible activity enters and exits the cave by elevator in the visitor center. It is recommended that families with young children and visitors with limited time or health concerns take part in this activity, versus a extended cave tour. NOTE: 20-person maximum
Historic Lantern Tour - Ticket Prices
Lantern Tour Details: The Lantern Tour (summer season only) is a 1940s style adventure within the Historic Cave Entrance. Visitors carry lanterns along a 1/2-mile undeveloped cave trail, entering and exiting the cave through the historic entrance. This strenuous tour lasts one hour and 45 minutes and includes about 600 steep, narrow stairs. The tour requires bending, stooping, duck walking, and navigation of steep, wooden, ladder-like steps. Children ages seven and under are not allowed on Lantern Tours. Parents and guardians may not carry a child of any age on the Lantern Tour; all tour participants must be able to navigate the tour route unassisted. NOTE: 20-person maximum
Wild Caving Tour - Ticket Prices
Wild Caving Tour Details: This three to four-hour strenuous tour is designed for visitors who want the thrill of experiencing the cave in its natural state. Participants scramble over piles of cave debris, chimney between walls, climb semi-vertical rocks (rope-assisted), and belly crawl through tight passages along a 2/3-mile off-trail route. Participants are required to fit through a passage measuring 8 1/2 inches high by 24 inches wide. Participants must provide and wear specific caving clothes and boots. Tours may be canceled due to a lack of required participants or a lack of proper caving equipment. Reservations are required for this tour, and tour dates are usually limited to the summer season (May through September). Tour schedules are normally updated by late April of each calendar year. For more information, visit Operating Hours and Seasons or call the visitor center directly at (605) 673-8300 and speak with a park ranger. NOTE: 5-person maximum.
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Last updated: August 21, 2020