Jewel Cave National Monument

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  • Address: 11149 US-16 B-12, Custer, SD 57730, United States, 57730
  • Timings: 08:30 am - 04:30 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-6056738300
  • Fax: +1-6056738397
  • Ticket Price: 12 USD
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Cave, Geological Formation, Monument, Family And Kids, Landmarks, Parks, Natural Parks

The first discovery of Jewel Cave was made in 1900 when two brothers, Frank and Albert Michaud, wrote describing this cave as a hope with cold air blowing out of it. The entrance was extremely small for a human to enter; so the brothers used dynamite to bomb it up and enlarge it. Once they got in, they found passages which were filled with sparkling “jewels” made up of calcite. The brothers quickly took action and began to develop the area for encouraging tourism. They put together a trail and even went on to build a lodge and a dance club nearby. In 1908; When President Theodore Roosevelt went on to declare the cave a national monument, is when the brothers sold their shares to the federal government.

Jewel Cave National Monument Travel Tips

  • 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-serve basis at the Monument.
  • Tour tickets are limited and cave tours do sell out at any time of the year.
  • When planning a visit to Jewel Cave, it is important to know there is no food service (except vending machines) at the Monument.
  • CAVE TOUR SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE due to staff availability, emergency situations, construction projects, inclement weather, and/or special events.
  • Participants must provide and wear specific caving clothes and boots.
  • Tours may be cancelled due to a lack of required participants; proper caving equipment or unforeseen incidents.
  • Tour size is limited to a minimum of 2 visitors and a maximum of 5 visitors during the summer season.

Entrance Ticket Details For Jewel Cave National Monument

Cave Tour Fees:

  • Scenic Tour - Ticket Prices
  • $12.00 - Adult age 17 & over
  • $8.00 - Youth ages 6-16 (must be at least age 6)
  • Half price - Golden Age/Senior/Access Adult or Access Youth (pass holder only)
  • Not valid - Annual Pass / Military Pass / Volunteer Pass / 4th Grade Pass

Discovery Talk - Ticket Prices

  • $4.00 - Adult age 17 &over
  • Free - Youth & Children ages 16 & under
  • Free - Golden Age/Senior/Access pass holder and 3 adults
  • Free - Annual Pass / Military Pass / Volunteer Pass / 4th Grader owner plus 3 adults

Historic Lantern Tour - Ticket Prices

  • $12.00 - Adult age 17 &over
  • $8.00 - Youth ages 6-16 (must be at least 6 yrs. old)
  • $6.00 - Golden Age/Senior/Access Adult (pass holder only)
  • $4.00 - Access Youth - age 6 to 16 (pass holder only)
  • Not valid - Annual Pass / Military Pass / Volunteer Pass / 4th Grade Pass

Wild Caving Tour - Ticket Prices

  • $31.00 - Adult age 16 &over
  • $15.50 - Golden Age/Senior/Access Adult (pass holder only)
  • Not valid - Annual Pass / Military Pass / Volunteer Pass
  • The minimum participant age allowed is 16 years old. Proof of age may be required.
  • A parent or legal guardian, of a 16 or 17 yr. old, is required to sign a permission waiver.

Jewel Cave National Monument Hours

  • Please visit official website for tour timings.

How to Reach Jewel Cave National Monument

  • Take US Highway 16.

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  • Jewel Cave National Monument Address: 11149 US-16 B-12, Custer, SD 57730, United States, 57730
  • Jewel Cave National Monument Contact Number: +1-6056738300
  • Jewel Cave National Monument Timing: 08:30 am - 04:30 pm
  • Jewel Cave National Monument Price: 12 USD
  • Best time to visit Jewel Cave National Monument(preferred time): 10:00 am - 03:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Jewel Cave National Monument: 03:00 Hrs
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  • 65.12% of people who visit Custer include Jewel Cave National Monument in their plan

  • 86.67% of people start their Jewel Cave National Monument visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Jewel Cave National Monument

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

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Jewel Cave National Monument Reviews & Ratings

  • An incredible place that you should see for yourself. A description would not do it justice. We took the Historic Lantern tour. It is described as the most difficult tour. Read the description for yourself and decide if this tour is for you. We did not find it to difficult other then the fact that we live at sea level and this place is at much higher elevation. Our tour guide Tucker was informative and very entertaining. It was a fun and interesting place.

  • Would give the Historic Lamp Tour 10 stars if possible! This was by far my and my families favorite time spent in South Dakota. I am terrified of heights and don't like the dark too much either, but this was just exciting enough and cool inside on a hot August day in SD. My entire family had a great time going through the cave and challenging our "fears" while climbing up ladders, down pathways, etc. It was awesome! Our tour guide Scott was very informative, engaging, and seemed to really love his job.

  • Extremely wonderful! It was definitely a hike and I felt it later in the day but it wasn't nearly as grueling as the park rangers made it out to be. I highly recommend going to Jewel Cave but make sure you get there early enough to get a ticket to go in.

  • home to one of the longest caves in the world. Jewel Cave is also run totally the same as Wind Cave by the National Park Services. An absolute must see if visiting the Margaret River Region. The one hour guided tour takes you underground to witness a nature spectacular. Jewel also has many crystal formations viewable for visitors, and is a cave like you won't see many other places. A must see if you are anywhere in the area.

  • An incredible experience! I recommend showing up early in order to get tickets for the day. My friend and I waited in line for about 30+ plus minutes and by 9:20 AM we had purchased some of the last tickets for the day. The tour is the perfect length, and you get a nice view of the caves diverse features. It’s a nice spot for families to visit (although after our tour I was wishing they had an “adults only” tour). All in all I highly recommend if you’re visiting the Black Hills!

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