Jewel Cave National Monument, Custer

About Jewel Cave National Monument, Custer

Jewel Cave National Monument, Custer - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: 11149 US-16 B-12, Custer, SD 57730, United States

Phone: +1-6056738300

Ticket Price: 12 USD

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Time Required: 03:00 Hrs

Timings: 08:30 am - 04:30 pm Details

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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 Information

  • 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.

Jewel Cave National Monument Ticket Prices

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 Opening and Closing Hours

  • Please visit official website for tour timings.

How To reach Jewel Cave National Monument by Public Transport

  • Take US Highway 16.

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  • Jewel Cave seems a bit of a misnomer as the crystal formations are fairly drab. Don't meet me wrong it's still very impressive and the cave system itself is truly massive. There are tours for all ages and abilities all thought I don't fit well in tight spaces, others would enjoy the more rigorous routes. If you had to go to just one place in the Black Hills, go to the Reptile Garden, but if you go to two then definitely go here

  • This was a lot of fun. We took the Kids here. They love visiting state parks. Very cool and very interesting. I don't know that I would go back again, but definitely worth going one time. Our guide was also fun and knowledgeable

  • Simply unexceptable caving experience. Can't make reservations in advanced. Unwelcoming staff. 30+ people per tour. Perhaps the walls are lined with "jewels" perhaps not, can't tell due to improper lighting. Must use hand rails on over 700 stairs but the hand rails are covered in a massive amount of truly disgusting bat drippings and NO SOAP in the restrooms. Do yourself a solid and mark this an experience worth missing.

  • Awesome experience for me and the kids, the guide was excellent, taking care of the entire group had to be difficult for him, the idea that we were traveling around three hundred feet below the surface of the Earth and a giant natural cave was just amazing. I give four of five only because we got stuck on the highway buy a camper that was partially driven off the road blocking the highway and missed our first tour time. It would be nice if there were at least a break or discount when something like that happens but they don't offer anything like that. Not a huge deal I basically figure I gave them a donation, still worth going to see it

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  • Great place to visit, but you have to get there REAL early if you want to go in the cave. When we got there early afternoon it was already booked up and we didn't have time to wait till the next day. Still, the visitor center has tons of information and displays and the walk outside it breath taking.

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