Jewel Cave National Monument

11149 US Highway 16, Building B12
Custer, SD



Current status of Phased Reopening.  Modified ranger guided tours start May 30, 2021, 7 days per week. These tours will involve a moderately strenuous hike with an elevation change of 180 feet to another entrance of the cave. Visitors will experience a 20 minute talk in one large cave room before exiting the cave and hiking back to the Visitor Center.

Due to an elevator construction project, Jewel Cave National Monument is not providing elevator access to the cave at this time. 

Tickets for a modified version of the popular Discovery Tour will be offered first-come, first-serve, beginning that day. Participants will need to hike from the visitor center down a moderately-strenuous ½-mile trail to a man-made cave entrance. This lightly-maintained trail includes rocks, uneven terrain, and steep grades. Rangers will lead tours into the cave’s first large room for a 20-minute talk before returning to the surface. Participants will then hike up the ½-mile trail to return to the visitor center. Sturdy shoes for the hike are strongly recommended, as well as a light jacket for the cave.  Tickets will only be available on the day of the tour on a first come, first served basis.  For more information visit NPS.gov or call 605673-8330.

Advanced Reservations are no longer available through this web site