Operating Hours & Seasons

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Advance cave tour reservations are available on recreation.gov. All cave access is by guided tour only.

The Visitor Center, Park Store, surface trails, and picnic areas are currently open Tuesday to Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mountain Time. Please be advised that the main entrance gate is closed promptly at 4:30 p.m.; visitors and hikers should plan their day accordingly.

The Jewel Cave Historic Area is closed for the season. Visitors can still hike there using the Canyons Trail.

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

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 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until May 21, 2022.

Scenic Tour

 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
April 30th, May 7th and May 14th there will be additional Scenic Tours at 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Advance reservations are currently available on recreation.gov

Discovery Tour

 1:15 p.m.
April 23rd, April 30th, May 7th, 14th, and 21st there will be an additional Discovery Tour at 9:15 a.m. Advance reservations are currently available on recreation.gov. 

Visitor Center

Open Daily 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. starting Sunday, May 22nd.

Scenic Tour

May 28th-September 5th:
8:20 a.m., 8:40** a.m., 9:20** a.m., 9:40 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 10:20** a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:00** a.m., 11:40 a.m., 12:20** p.m., 12:40 p.m., 1:40 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:20** p.m., 2:40 p.m., 3:20** p.m., 3:40 p.m.

**=walk-up tours that are only available as staffing allows on the day of. 

Discovery Tour

May 28th-September 5th:
8:55 a.m., 11:15 a.m.**, 11:55 a.m., 1:15 p.m.**, 2:55 p.m.**, 3:55 p.m.

**=walk-up tours that are only available as staffing allows on the day of. 

Historic Lantern Tour

June 6th-September 5th:
9:45 a.m., 11:15** a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2:15** p.m., 3:30 p.m. 

September 9th & 10th:
10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

**=walk-up tours that are only available as staffing allows on the day of. 

Note that August 16th, 23rd and 30th, and September 6th-8th Historic Lantern Tours will not be offered. The final day for this tour is Saturday, September 10th.

Wild Caving Tour

Offered only on weekends with the final Wild Caving Tour for the season being on Saturday, September 10th. All reservations are on recreation.gov.

12:00 p.m.

Visitor Center

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

Scenic Tour

9:20 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:20 a.m.**, 12:40 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.

**=only available when staffing allows
All other tour times listed are available on recreation.gov for advance reservations.

Discovery Tour

9:35 a.m., 11:35 a.m., 1:35 p.m. and 3:35 p.m.
All Discovery Tours are available on recreation.gov for advance reservations.

Visitor Center

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

Scenic Tour

9:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m.*, 12:00 p.m.**, 2:45 p.m.

*=walk-up tour only available if staffing allows

**=available on select Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays

Discovery Tour

9:45 a.m.**, 1:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m.**

**=available on select Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays

Visitor Center Open Wednesdays-Saturdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Scenic Tour Tour times will become available on October 5, 2022
Discovery Tour Tour times will become available on October 5, 2022

Last updated: September 29, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

11149 U.S. Hwy. 16
Building B12

Custer , SD 57730


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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