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.

  • 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.

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.

  • Please visit official website for tour timings.

  • 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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  • 95% 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

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Jewel Cave National Monument

People normally club together Grizzly Gulch Adventure Golf and Four Mile Old West Town while planning their visit to Jewel Cave National Monument.

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  • Really fun and educational place to go in Rapid City. I'd recommend bringing a jacket when coming here. Gets cold even during the summer. There's also a lot of steep stairs so it can be a little rough with the youngsters. Also, I recommend getting there about 2-3 hours earlier than you wanna go, buy the tickets, then go into the town a few miles away and find stuff to do. Otherwise, the tickets will likely be sold out for the times you wanna go plus you'll have to wait longer while finding other things to do around the area.

  • Highly recommend this. We only took the short tour due to a member of our party not physically capable of the longer one. Still very nice and informative. Very friendly staff.

  • The cave is amazing. It's a very different experience from Wind Cave, which is also in the Black Hills. So both are definitely worth visiting of you're in the area. The rooms and passageways you walk through on the tour are huge. It's a pretty easy walk. I was too busy looking at all the awesome cave formations to notice any effort in walking up the stairs. It's only about 50 degrees in the cave and the tour is well over an hour so definitely wear a sweatshirt or a jacket--I'm glad I did.

  • We went during the busy season, but easily got tickets for a later tour. They were friendly, informative, and patient. The lantern tour was great for my whole family. We loved it!

  • What an incredible place! This was the first cave I ever got the chance to visit and now can't wait to visit others. Our tour guide Colleen was a great storyteller and very informative. It's fascinating to think about what all is under our earth when we're all so familiar with its surface. My advice? Put your camera down and just soak in the amazing things around you. :)

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