Visitor Center at Jewel Cave | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota

Visitor Center at Jewel Cave

  • Visitor Center | Jewel Cave National Monument | Photo by: Greg Valladolid
  • Visitor Center | Jewel Cave National Monument | Photo by: Greg Valladolid
  • Visitor Center | Jewel Cave National Monument | Photo by: Greg Valladolid

The visitor center features exhibits of cave formations and explorations; cave tour information and tickets; and bookstore. Rangers are available to orient you to the monument and answer questions.

There is no food, drink, candy, tobacco or gum allowed in Jewel Cave. You are also not allowed to bring large purses, bags or backpacks on the cave tours. Baby backpacks or slings are permitted in the cave. Because all tour participants need to have their hands free to grip the handrails, carrying children through the cave is not recommended. Flash photography is allowed on the Scenic Tour and Discovery Tour, but tripods are not.

No pets are allowed in the cave, with the exception of service animals.

There is no cell phone reception at Jewel Cave National Monument.

Hours: 

The Visitor Center will be CLOSED on weekends and the following Federal holidays:

  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year's Day

In the event of significant weather normal hours (Monday - Friday), visitors are advised to call the monument at (605) 673-8300. The Visitor Center's hours may change due to severe weather and emergency situations.

Tours take place during the seasonal hours listed below and start at different times. Please visit nps.gov/jeca for specific tour times.

Hours: Spring: 

Mid-March 2106 - late May 2016
Visitor Center Hours - Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)

Hours: Summer: 

May 28 - June 11
Visitor Center Hours - Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)

June 12 - August 20
Visitor Center Hours - Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)

August 21 - September 6
Visitor Center Hours - Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)

Hours: Fall: 

September 7 - October 23
Visitor Center Hours - Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)

Hours: Winter: 

October 24 - November 27
Visitor Center Hours - Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)

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