Operating Hours & Seasons

All cave tours at Jewel Cave are scheduled, ranger-guided, and require a minimum of two visitors. Tickets are required to enter the cave, and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the Monument. Tour tickets are limited and cave tours do sell out at any time of the year. When planning a visit to Jewel Cave, it is important to know there is no food service at the Monument.

Tickets sell out very quickly during busy times of the year. It is advised that you arrive at the Monument well in advance to purchase your tickets. Before arriving, please review important information regarding cave tours here.

 

CAVE TOUR SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE due to staff availability, emergency situations, construction projects, inclement weather, and/or special events.

Winter Tour Schedule (November 28, 2016 through mid-March, 2017):

Visitor Center Hours - Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mountain Time). Cave tours will not be available from Monday through Thursday during the winter season. The Visitor Center and cave tours are Closed on December 25 and January 1 for the holidays.

In the event of inclement weather, visitors are advised to call ahead at (605) 673-8300. Visitor Center hours of operation are subject to change during severe weather.

Scenic Tour will be offered Fridays through Sundays of each week at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Discovery Tour will be offered Fridays - Sundays of each week at 9:05 a.m., 12:45 p.m., and 3:45 p.m.

Wild Caving Tour will be offered once a month during the off-season. The Wild Caving Tour will be available on December 17, January 21, February 18, and March 18. Reservations are required and should be made in advance (3 - 28 days) by phone. NOTE: The reservation deadline for each tour date is the Wednesday prior to the scheduled tour. A minimum of four visitors is required for this tour to proceed with a maximum of five.
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Early Spring Tour Schedule (mid-March, 2017 through late March, 2017): Subject to Change

Visitor Center Hours - Open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mountain Time). The Visitor Center is open daily; however, cave tours will not be offered on Mondays and Tuesdays, from early March to the end of March, in order to complete annual maintenance projects in the cave.

Scenic Tour offered (Wednesday - Sunday) at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Discovery Talk offered (Wednesday - Sunday) at 9:05 a.m., 12:45 p.m., and 3:45 p.m.

Wild Caving Tour will be offered on March 18 and April 15. Reservations are required and should be made in advance (3 - 28 days) by phone. NOTE: This tour is available at 11:00 a.m. (check-in) on the scheduled date. The reservation deadline for this tour is the Wednesday prior to the scheduled tour. A minimum of four visitors is required for this tour to proceed with a maximum of five.
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Spring Tour Schedule (late March through mid-April, 2017):

Visitor Center Hours - Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)

Scenic Tour offered daily at 10:00 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 12:40 p.m., and 2:40 p.m.

Discovery Tour offered daily at 9:35 a.m. and 3:35 p.m.

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Late Spring Tour Schedule (mid-April to May 26, 2017)

Visitor Center Hours - Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)

Scenic Tour offered daily at 9:20 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 12:40 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 2:40 p.m.

Discovery Tour offered daily at 9:35 a.m., 11:35 a.m., 1:35 p.m., and 3:35 p.m.

There are no Historic Lantern Tours or Wild Caving Tours during the month of May.

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Early Summer Tour Schedule (Memorial Day weekend, May 27 through June 10, 2017):

Visitor Center Hours - Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)

Scenic Tour offered daily at 9:20 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:20 a.m., (12:00 p.m.), 12:40 p.m., 1:20 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:40 p.m., (3:20 p.m.), and 3:40 p.m.

Discovery Tour offered daily at 9:35 a.m., 11:35 a.m., 1:35 p.m., and 4:25 p.m.

Historic Lantern Tours may begin during the second week of June at 9:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. depending on the following statement.

NOTE: Due to unpredictable weather conditions and the presence of hibernating bats, Historic Lantern Tour dates may be suspended into mid-June. Interested participants should contact the visitor center in early June for a firm schedule.

A Wild Caving Tour may be offered at 11:30 a.m. in early June, (date to be determined), if tour guides for this specific tour are trained. Otherwise, tours are planned to begin in mid-June. When available, reservations are required and can be made 2- 28 days in advance by phone. Check in time at the visitor center is 11:00 AM. NOTE: Would you like a real adventure? Anyone over the age of 16 can take part in our Wild Caving Tour. Call us for details about this tour.

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Summer Tour Schedule (June 11, 2017 through August 19, 2017):

Visitor Center Hours - Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)

Scenic Tour offered daily at 9:00 a.m., 9:20 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 12:40 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:20 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:40 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 3:20 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.

Discovery Tour offered daily at 9:35 a.m., 11:35 a.m., 1:35 p.m., 3:35 p.m., and 4:35 p.m.

Historic Lantern Tour offered daily at 9:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Additional Lantern Tours may be available at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m., except for Fridays.

A Wild Caving Tour will be offered at 11:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays in June, July, and August. Reservations are required and can be made 2 - 28 days in advance. Check in time at the visitor center is 11:00 AM. NOTE: Would you like a real adventure? Anyone over the age of 16 can take part in our Wild Caving Tour. Call us for details about this tour.

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Late Summer Tour Schedule (August 20 to September 4, 2017):

Visitor Center Hours - Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)

Scenic Tour offered daily at 9:00 a.m., 9:20 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 12:40 p.m., 1:20 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:40 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 3:20 p.m., and 3:40 p.m.

Discovery Tour offered daily at 9:35 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:35 a.m., 1:35 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 4:25 p.m.

Historic Lantern Tour offered daily at 9:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. (Last day is Labor Day Monday.)

A Wild Caving Tour will be offered at 11:30 a.m. in mid to late August, if staff is available. Wild Caving Tours in late August and early September are limited due to staff availability. Reservations are required. There are no other Wild Caving Tours offered in September.

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Early Fall Tour Schedule (September 5 - October 1, 2017):

Visitor Center Hours - Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)

Scenic Tour offered daily at 9:20 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 12:40 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 2:40 p.m.

Discovery Tour offered daily at 9:35 a.m., 11:35 a.m., 1:35 p.m., and 3:35 p.m.

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Fall Tour Schedule (October 2 - 29, 2017):

Visitor Center Hours - Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)

Scenic Tour offered at 10:00 a.m., 12:40 p.m., and 2:40 p.m.

Discovery Tour offered at 9:35 a.m., 11:35 a.m., 1:35 p.m., and 3:35 p.m.

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Early Winter Tour Schedule (October 30 - November 23, 2017):

Visitor Center Hours - Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mountain Time).
The Monument is closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 23.

Scenic Tour offered daily at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Discovery Tour offered daily at 9:05 a.m., 12:45 p.m., and 3:45 p.m.

Wild Caving Tour will be offered once a month during the off-season (November 18). The Wild Caving Tour meets at 11:00 a.m. (check-in). Reservations are required and should be made in advance (3 - 28 days) by phone. Note: The reservation deadline for this date is the Wednesday prior to the scheduled tour. A minimum of four visitors is required for this tour to proceed with a maximum of five.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

11149 U.S. Hwy. 16
Building B12

Custer, SD 57730

Phone:

(605) 673-8300
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