Plan Your Visit

Dogtooth spar calcite crystals, common cave decorations in Jewel Cave.
Calcite crystals decorate the interior of Jewel Cave.

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Welcome to Jewel Cave National Monument

The monument is home to the third longest cave in the world. A visit to Jewel Cave National Monument is most enjoyable when it is pre-planned. We suggest you begin by deciding which cave tour is appropriate for you and your family. All cave tours are ranger-guided. Tour tickets are available at the monument on a first-come, first-served basis for same day tours.
NOTE: Clothes, shoes, or gear worn in a cave or mine outside of South Dakota will NOT be allowed in Jewel Cave. This is to prevent the spread of White Nose Syndrome, which is a bat disease.

Please use our website to plan your visit and find information on:

Basic Information

  • Operating Hours & Seasons, including the opening and closing hours of the visitor center; and the available tour schedule, which changes by season (dates listed).
  • Fees & Passes, including ticket prices for each tour type.
  • Permits & Reservations, including special use permits for commercial use and other special activities.

Directions and Transportation

From nearby Custer, South Dakota, and Newcastle, Wyoming. Many GPS units do not direct you to Jewel Cave's actual location.

Things to Do

Including Guided Tours – Scenic Tour, Discovery Talk, Historic Lantern Tour, and the Wild Caving Tour.




Nearby Attractions

Last updated: April 15, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

11149 U.S. Hwy. 16
Building B12

Custer, SD 57730


(605) 673-8300

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