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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. There are four tour options during the summer season. All cave tours provide a view of two types of calcite crystals known as nailhead spar and dogtooth spar, which are the "jewels" of Jewel Cave.

NOTE: Due to White Nose Syndrome (WNS) which is affecting bat populations across North America, Europe and Asia, clothes, shoes, or gear worn in any cave or mine since 2005 will NOT be allowed inside Jewel Cave. This includes private caves and mine attractions within South Dakota. Furthermore, clothing and footwear used on the Candlelight and Wild Cave Tours at Wind Cave National Park are also not allowed within Jewel Cave. IMPORTANT: For those visitors taking part in the Garden of Eden, Natural Entrance, and Fairgrounds Tours at nearby Wind Cave National Park, those clothing and footwear items can be worn inside Jewel Cave. For additional information, please contact the visitor center at (605) 673-8300 and speak with a park ranger.

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: March 17, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

11149 U.S. Hwy. 16
Building B12

Custer, SD 57730


(605) 673-8300

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