Are you traveling with your pet?

There are very few options of things to do with your pet at the Monument. Most noted, the parking lot at the Monument offers very little shade, and when daytime temperatures reach above 65 degrees, it is not safe to leave your pet in your vehicle. Pets, more than humans, are susceptible to overheating; cracked windows provide little relief. Furthermore, pets may not be left tied to vehicles, trees, or other objects.

Pets at Jewel Cave are permitted in the following areas on a six-foot leash. Pets must be leashed at all times and under the owner's control. Owners must clean up after their pets and carry out waste.
  • Picnic Areas
  • Pavement open to public vehicular traffic
  • If you are using a service animal, click the Service Animals webpage for additional information.

Where are pets not permitted?
  • On hiking trails and service roads
  • Inside or near the visitor center
  • Inside the cave

If you are traveling with your pet, we recommend these nearby kennels rather than bringing your pet to the Monument.

Custer ~ 20 minutes east
  • Ruff Cutz, (605) 673-3831. Daycare only, and call before 9 AM if possible.
  • Southern Hills Animal Clinic, (605) 673-4996, or
  • Castle Rock Boarding, (605) 673-4716. No daycare, overnight only.

Newcastle ~ 30 minutes west
  • Salt Creek Kennel, (307) 746-4866
  • Ace Canine (307) 746-2918

Last updated: July 27, 2019

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11149 U.S. Hwy. 16
Building B12

Custer, SD 57730


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