Operating Hours & Seasons

Entrance to the cave requires a ranger-guided tour, a minimum of two visitors, and tours are scheduled by season (listed below). A majority of the Scenic Tour times listed on the hour are available by reservation. All other tour times are sold at the Monument for same day tours on a first-come, first-served basis. Working in collaboration with Black Hills Central Reservations, visitors can purchase Scenic Tour tickets in advance between 72 hours and 90 days using an online service: www.blackhillsvacations.com or a call center at 605-717-7629.

Tickets are required to enter the cave, are limited by tour type, and cave tours can often sell out at any time during the day. During the peak season or a holiday weekend, it is advised that you arrive in the morning to purchase tour tickets in person, or go through the reservation service (mentioned above). When planning a visit to Jewel Cave, it is important to know there is minimal food service at the Monument.

 

SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE due to staff availability, emergency situations, construction projects, inclement weather, and/or special events. In the event of inclement winter weather, visitors are advised to call ahead at (605) 673-8300. Visitor Center hours are subject to change during severe weather.


Fall Tour Schedule (September 23 - 28, 2019):

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

Scenic Tour - Due to the elevators being off-line and a construction project during the off season, Scenic Tours will resume in May 2020.

Discovery Talk - Due to the elevators being off-line and a construction project during the off season, Discovery Talks will resume in May 2020.

Historic Lantern Tour - Due to bat hibernation activity in the historic entrance, Historic Lantern Tours are no longer available. These tours will resume in June 2020.

There are no Wild Caving Tours in September.

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Late Fall Tour Schedule (September 29 and 30, 2019): Due to a planned construction project inside the cave during the off-season, Jewel Cave is not taking advanced reservations for Scenic Tours from October 1, 2019 through early May 2020. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to assisting with your vacation plans in the future.

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

Scenic Tour - Due to the elevators being off-line and a construction project during the off season, Scenic Tours will resume in May 2020.

Discovery Talk - Due to the elevators being off-line and a construction project during the off season, Discovery Talks will resume in May 2020.
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Early Winter Schedule – No Tours (October 1 through November 3, 2019): Beginning on October 1, 2019, the second phase of a planned construction project within Jewel Cave will begin, with a cave closure through the off-season. All cave tours will be suspended until early May 2020. Even though the cave will be "closed" during the off-season; the Visitor Center, surface trails, and park store will be open daily.

Visitor Center Hours - Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)
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Winter Schedule – No Tours (November 4, 2019 through early May, 2020): Due to a planned construction project within Jewel Cave, (started on October 1, 2019), all cave tours will be suspended until early May 2020. The Visitor Center, surface trails, and park store will be open during the cave closure.

Visitor Center Hours - Open Wednesday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mountain Time). The Monument is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. The Monument is closed on Federal holidays such as Thanksgiving Day (November 28), Christmas Day (December 25), and New Year's Day (January 1).

Last updated: September 22, 2019

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Mailing Address:

11149 U.S. Hwy. 16
Building B12

Custer, SD 57730

Phone:

(605) 673-8300

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