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Jewel Cave National Monument

11149 US Hwy 16, Building B12, Custer, SD 57730
+1 605-673-8300
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Enjoyed this a lot!

This place IS a Jewel. Lots to see. We travel to a lot of National Parks and points of interest... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Al H
Eagan, Minnesota
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Definitely a jewel of a cave

Off peak travel is the best! We had a tour by the Ranger and just the two of us. Talk about... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Henderson, Nevada
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Jewel Cave National Monument is home to one of the longest caves in the world. Offering an assortment of cave formations and recreational opportunities, many visitors are truly amazed by this underground wilderness. Most impressive is the fact that exploration and discovery continue to take place at this significant natural resource. As part of the National Park Service, the Monument offers four different types of cave experiences: Scenic Tour (1 hour and 20 minutes), Discovery Talk (20 minutes) Historic Lantern Tour (1 hour and 45 minutes), and Wild Caving Tour (3 to 4 hours). During the late winter and early spring seasons, limited tour options are available. It is recommended that visitors check online for specific tour times or call the visitor center directly for park ranger assistance. NOTE: At present, advanced reservations for cave tour tickets are not available in 2017. It is hoped that this service will be available by Memorial Day Weekend; however, until further notice, all cave tour tickets are being sold on a first come first serve basis.
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11149 US Hwy 16, Building B12, Custer, SD 57730
+1 605-673-8300

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place IS a Jewel. Lots to see. We travel to a lot of National Parks and points of interest. This was on of the better ones.

Thank Al H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Off peak travel is the best! We had a tour by the Ranger and just the two of us. Talk about personalized tour! More than 730 steps up and down so bring comfortable stable walking shoes. You will get a work out and at the...More

Thank MichelleVacationer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took the tour with our family. There are a lot of steps but doable by most people. Great informative tour and picture opportunities.

Thank roadie50
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't actually go into the cave but drove through the area and were very impressed with the beauty of the drive in this area of the park. We enjoyed the wildlife in the area and spent time watching the busy prairie dogs and a...More

Thank Peg R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been here before and will go back again. Federal money well spent. Great staff and a great experience.

Thank Bill C
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This park is one of the 400+ units of the National Park Service, Although the park offers some other activities, the focus of this unit is really about the cave. Jewel Cave is quite different from other caves. It doesn't have the magnificent formations that...More

Thank FiveRingFever
Reviewed 15 October 2017

We did the hour and a half tour. There were hundreds of steps up and down, fairly open inside the cave but I've been in caves with much more color formations, this one I found a bit boring.

Thank Aworld2explor
Reviewed 13 October 2017

To be fair we arrived knowing that it was likely that the scenic tour may well be sold out, but so that we got a taster we decided to go on the Discovery tour. I'd like to say it was worth it but it was...More

Thank travelpartners05
Reviewed 13 October 2017

My wife and daughter went on the cave tour and enjoyed it. They did the short one on the elevator. They liked it. Meanwhile I toured the Visitor center and gift shop. Talked with a few rangers and found them very helpful. We then had...More

Thank bbqkeith48
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Took the 90 minute Scenic Tour.  Great experience with our guide, Brad. Worth the $12 fee. There are lots of up and down stairs to climb. About 750 steps in all, so one must be reasonably fit and mobile. All have handrails (Wear gloves as...More

Thank jbwyer
NPSParkRanger, Public Relations Manager at Jewel Cave National Monument, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2017

Thank you for the kind words and great review. It is always nice to get feedback on the Monument. We are sure your tips will be beneficial to our future visitors! Have a great fall!

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Sara A
29 August 2017|
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Response from NPSParkRanger | Property representative |
He will be fine. The area of the cave where the Scenic tour takes place is very big. He will just have to watch his head in a few places!
Kay N
3 August 2017|
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Response from NPSParkRanger | Property representative |
There are no areas with sufficient shade to leave pets unattended in a vehicle during the summer months and we highly discourage this practice.
Claudia R
12 July 2017|
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Response from NPSParkRanger | Property representative |
Scenic tour has 723 stair steps or 42 flights of stairs.