Operating Hours & Seasons

A large, gray-colored upright banner shows directional guidance for visitors entering the visitor center.
An upright banner provides directional assistance and guidance for guests entering the visitor center during COVID-19.

NPS Photo / Bradley Block

Due to an elevator renovation project, Jewel Cave National Monument is not providing cave tours at this time. No advanced ticket reservations until further notice. All cave access is by guided tour only.

In the off season, the Visitor Center, Park Store, surface trails, and picnic areas are open Wednesday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MT. Please be advised that the main entrance gate is closed promptly at 4:30 p.m.; visitors and hikers should plan their day accordingly.

Jewel Cave Historic Area is closed for the winter season through spring 2022. Visitors may continue to park at the Visitor Center and hike the Canyons Trail to the Historic Area when the monument is open.

VISITOR CENTER HOURS AND TOUR TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE due to staff availability, inclement weather, emergency situations, construction projects, and/or special events. In the event of inclement weather during the off-season, visitors are advised to contact the visitor center at (605) 673-8300 for updated information.

 

Cave Tour Times

Masks are required on all cave tours.
Ticket sales stop 30 minutes prior to tour time. For more information about ticket prices, please visit Fees & Passes.
Contact the Visitor Center at (605) 673-8300 for more information. Please be advised that all tours are weather dependent and may be delayed or cancelled due to inclement weather. Visit Guided Tours for tips on preparing for a visit to Jewel Cave.

Visitor Center

Open Wednesday through Saturday 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Scenic Tour

Call (605) 673-8300 for tour times.

Discovery Tour

Call (605) 673-8300 for tour times.

Visitor Center

Open Daily 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Scenic Tour

Call (605) 673-8300 for tour times.

Discovery Tour

Call (605) 673-8300 for tour times.

Historic Lantern Tour

Call (605) 673-8300 for tour times.

Wild Caving Tour

Call (605) 673-8300 for available dates and times.

Visitor Center

Open Wednesday through Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Scenic Tour

Currently unavailable.

Discovery Tour

9:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m.
1:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m.

Visitor Center

Open Wednesday through Saturday 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Scenic Tour

Currently Unavailable

Discovery Tour

Currently Unavailable

Last updated: October 9, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

11149 U.S. Hwy. 16
Building B12

Custer , SD 57730

Phone:

605 673-8300
The main phone line connects visitors with staff at the visitor center. Throughout the year, the phone line is monitored by staff on a daily basis, excluding holidays and days with limited visitor services. Please be advised that after-hours messages are not taken on the system; visitors are encouraged to call the visitor center during normal operations and speak with a park ranger for assistance.

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