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 for the day of the tour at the Monument. Tour tickets are limited and cave tours do sell out at any time during the day. When planning a visit to Jewel Cave, it is important to know there is no food service at the Monument.

It is advised that you arrive in the morning at the Monument to purchase tour tickets for same day tours. Reservations are not taken over the phone by a Park Ranger. Working in collaboration with Black Hills Central Reservations, visitors can purchase tickets (over 48 hours) in advance for the Scenic Tour using an online service: www.blackhillsvacations.com or a call center at 844-245-6179. 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.


Early Winter Tour Schedule (October 16 - November 12, 2017):

Visitor Center Hours - Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mountain Time).

Scenic Tour offered daily at 10:00 a.m., 12:40 p.m., and 2:40 p.m.

Discovery Tour offered daily at 9:05 a.m. (the only wheelchair accessible tour)


Wild Caving Tour may be offered once a month during the off-season (November 18, December 16, and January 20). 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 off-season 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 13, 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 Thanksgiving Day, November 23, December 25, 2017, and January 1, 2018. There are no cave tours available Mondays - Thursdays, and some Fridays due to limited staffing in the off-season.

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., 12:40 p.m., and 2:40 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Tours may be available on some Fridays.

Discovery Tour will be offered at 9:05 a.m. (the only wheelchair accessible tour) on Saturdays and Sundays. Tour may be available on some Fridays.

Wild Caving Tour may be offered once a month during the off-season (November 18, December 16, and January 20). 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 off-season 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., 12:40 p.m., and 2:40 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 once a day at 9:05 a.m. on Mondays - Thursdays.
Discovery Talks offered at 9:35 a.m. and 3:35 p.m. on Fridays - Sundays.

There are no Wild Caving Tours in March and April.

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

Discovery Talk offered once a day at 9:05 a.m. on Mondays - Wednesdays. Discovery Talks offered at 9:35 a.m. and 3:35 p.m. Thursdays - Sundays.

There are no Wild Caving Tours in April and May.

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Late Spring Tour Schedule (May 1 to May 25, 2018)

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 26 through June 9, 2018):

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 in early June if tour guides for this specific tour are trained. Otherwise, tours are planned to begin in mid-June on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Reservations will be taken or processed between 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. When available, this tour's check-in time at the visitor center is 11:00 AM with the tour beginning at 11:30 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 10, 2018 through August 18, 2018):

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 to late June, July, and August. Reservations are required and can be made up to 28 days in advance by phone. Reservations will be taken or processed between 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. 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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Late Summer Tour Schedule (August 19 to September 3, 2018):

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. The last day for a Wild Caving Tour (summer season) is August 29. Reservations are required and can be made in advance by phone. Reservations will be taken or processed between 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. This tour's check-in time at the visitor center is 11:00 AM. This tour may not be available in September due to staff availability.
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Early Fall Tour Schedule (September 4 - 30, 2018):

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 1 - 14, 2018):

Visitor Center Hours - Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)

Scenic Tour offered daily at 10:00 a.m., 12:40 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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Last updated: October 18, 2017

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Mailing Address:

11149 U.S. Hwy. 16
Building B12

Custer, SD 57730

Phone:

(605) 673-8300

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