Operating Hours & Seasons

Phased Reopening – Some locations closed due to COVID-19.

Due to an elevator construction project, Jewel Cave National Monument is not providing access to the cave at this time. The monument will be rehabilitating the elevators during the off-season and into the spring and early summer months of 2021.

During the off-season, the visitor center, Park Store, surface trails, and picnic areas are open Thursdays through Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MT and closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Please be advised that the main entrance gate is closed promptly at 4:30 p.m.; visitors and hikers should plan their day accordingly.

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

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.

Winter Schedule – No Cave Tours
Due to an elevator construction project, cave access is not available during the off-season and into the spring and early summer months of 2021.

• Monument Hours (Visitor Center, Park Store, Trails and Picnic Areas) - Open Thursdays through Sundays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MT
• Jewel Cave Historic Area - Closed for the off-season. Will re-open in the late spring of 2021.

Last updated: January 2, 2021

Contact the Park

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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