Operating Hours & Seasons

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An upright banner provides directional assistance and guidance for guests entering the visitor center during COVID-19.

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Jewel Cave National Monument has resumed cave tours. Advance cave tour reservations are available on recreation.gov. 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. 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. Beginning on May 22, 2022 the park will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., seven days a week.

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

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 22nd-27th:
9:20 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 12:40 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:40 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

May 28th-August 13th:
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 22nd-27th: 
9:35 a.m., 11:35 a.m., 1:35 p.m., 3:35 p.m.

May 28th-August 13th:
8:55** a.m., 11:55 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 3:55 p.m.**

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

Historic Lantern Tour

Begin Monday, June 6th. Will be offered daily through early September. 

9:45 a.m., 11:15** a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2:15** p.m., 3:30 p.m. 

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

Wild Caving Tour

Begin Saturday, May 28th. Will be offered on weekends through mid-August.

12:00 p.m.

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: May 2, 2022

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Contact Info

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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