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

Jewel Cave National Monument - Review

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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TripHobo Highlights for Jewel Cave National Monument

  • 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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Things to Know Before Visiting Jewel Cave National Monument

  • 95% of people who visit Custer include Jewel Cave National Monument in their plan

  • 64.36% of people start their Jewel Cave National Monument visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

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

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

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

People normally club together Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Presidential Trail while planning their visit to Jewel Cave National Monument.

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Jewel Cave National Monument, Custer Reviews

  • This is just a cool place. I took my kids on the scenic tour which is done with a guide. The tour lasted about 1 hour and 15 minutes. My youngest who is 6 handled the tour just fine. You do go up and down several flights of stairs, but it is very manageable. I would like to return to do one of the longer more rugged tours of the cave. The visitors center is nice and educational. We absolutely loved touring this cave and we would do it again in the future.

  • This place is gorgeous! We loved the tour and our guide was so good at her job! We also did the junior Ranger program with our kids for a badge and a patch. They loved it! Make sure and get there early if you want a morning tour... We got there right at 8am and the line was already 20+ people deep. They were selling out for the day by 10: 30 am.

  • The pictures don't do it justice. You have to go see for yourself. It's a great tour filled with lots of interesting stories, and I recommend it to anyone. Young and old will enjoy the tour. Lots of steps so be able to go up and down stairs. Bring a jacket it's a little chilly (but not too bad). Tickets hard to get in the summer so make sure you go early (7am ish) to get in line for tickets to guarantee a spot even if your not going until later in the day. You can also reserve tickets 3 days in advance online so if you plan it right you can save yourself from waiting in line. Have fun, I know my family and I did!

  • It was a very cool experience. You can not order or reserve tickets online. The first Scenic tour starts at 9a. So you will need to get there early early in the morning to buy tickets. We got there at 8:30 (they open at 8) and there was already a long line. We got tickets for an afternoon tour. It was the perfect time because it was very hot and the cool cave was a welcome break from the heat. If you get cold easily, you'll want to wear pants and take a sweater. It's 49° inside the cave. You might want a flashlight or head lamp to shine light in some areas the lights don't reach. There are no problems seeing the paths, the lights just don't hit those holes in some spots. I'd love to go call and do the lantern tour. There are a lot of steps going up and down, 723 steps total. But it's very manageable. The stake stairs going up are gradual and easy. I would definitely go back.

  • The scenic tour was great-perfect for our large family with a wide range of ages. We bought our tickets online ahead of time and the check in process was very easy. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. Would highly recommend. Definitely bring a jacket, it's chilly in the cave!

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