Jewel Cave National Monument, Custer

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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
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About Jewel Cave National Monument, Custer

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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  • This was a beautiful cave. There is so much to do in this beautiful part of the country and touring the caves in the area are certainly worth the effort to drive to and hike through. You can also use your park pass to get in here. Be sure to pack a jacket even in the summer months because it is much much cooler beneath the Earth.

  • Great place to tour. The Park Rangers are friendly and full of information. A great way to learn about caves.

  • 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

  • The cave is a bit kitchy, definitely aimed at kids, but the hiking outside is great. Fire opened up some beautiful views. Frequent mountain sheep, too.

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