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. Reservations are not taken over the phone. 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.


Late Spring Tour Schedule (May 1 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 11, 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 weekend 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 if tour guides for this specific tour are trained. Otherwise, tours are planned to begin in mid-June (first available date to be determined). Updated information will become available by June 1st. When available, this tour's 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 12, 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 mid-June, July, and August. 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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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 26, 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 (dates to be determined). 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.
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Winter Tour Schedule (November 27, 2017 through mid-March, 2018):

Visitor Center Hours - Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mountain Time). The Monument is closed on December 25, 2017 and January 1, 2018.

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

Scenic Tour will be offered at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Discovery Tour will be offered at 9:05 a.m., 12:45 p.m., and 3:45 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Wild Caving Tour will be offered once a month during the off-season. The Wild Caving Tour will be available on (date to be determined). 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 through Mid-April 2018): 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, the cave tour schedule is subject to change at any time. Visitors are encouraged to call the visitor center (605) 673-8300 for more updated information. All scheduled tours leave on time. You cannot catch up to a tour group once the tour leaves the surface.

Scenic Tour offered at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Mondays - Thursdays.
Scenic Tour offered at 10:00 and 11:20 a.m., 12:40 and 2:40 p.m. on Fridays - Sundays.

Discovery Talk offered at 9:05 a.m., 12:45 and 3:45 p.m. on Mondays - Thursdays.
Discovery Talks are offered at 9:35 a.m., 1:35 and 3:35 p.m. on Fridays - Sundays.

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Spring Tour Schedule (MId-April through end of April, 2018): Subject to Change

Visitor Center Hours - Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)
All scheduled tours leave on time. You cannot catch up to a tour group once the tour leaves the surface. Tour schedules in April are subject to change with short notice.

Scenic Tour offered at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday - Wednesday. Scenic Tour offered at 10:00 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 12:40 p.m., and 2:40 p.m. Thursday - Sunday.

Discovery Tour offered at 9:05 a.m., 12:45 and 3:45 p.m. Monday - Wednesday. Discovery Talk offered at 9:35 a.m. and 3:35 p.m. Thursday - Sunday.

There are no Wild Caving Tours in April and through the month of May.

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Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

11149 U.S. Hwy. 16
Building B12

Custer, SD 57730

Phone:

(605) 673-8300

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