Jewel Cave National Monument | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota

Jewel Cave National Monument

  • Jewel Cave National Monument
  • Jewel Cave National Monument
  • Jewel Cave National Monument

Jewel Cave National Monument is a natural wonderland with some of the most awe-inspiring cave formations in the world. Visitors can explore miles of underground passages filled with sparkling calcite crystals, intricate calcite formations, and unique natural wonders.

Cave Tours

Experience the natural wonders of Jewel Cave by taking one of its guided tours, which range from easy walks to more challenging adventures. Discover the beauty of the cave's unique formations and learn about its ecology and geology during your tour.


Take a hike on one of the park's many trails to experience the natural beauty and diverse wildlife that make up the Black Hills. The trails vary in length and difficulty, so visitors can find the perfect trail to suit their needs and interests.

Visitor Center

Stop by the visitor center to learn more about the park's history, geology, and ecology. Check out exhibits on the park's unique features and pick up souvenirs and local crafts from the gift shop.

Natural Wonders

Explore the unique cave formations and discover stunning underground formations, rare boxwork, and unique geological features.

Jewel Cave National Monument is an unforgettable destination that offers visitors a chance to experience the beauty and majesty of nature up close. With cave tours, scenic drives, hiking, and rich history waiting, it's a must-visit destination for anyone exploring the Black Hills of South Dakota.


Jewel Cave National Monument's surface trails & facilities are available free of charge. Fees are charged for cave tours.



  • Reservations are recommended as tour tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Online tour tickets are available for advanced purchase.
  • On-site tickets must be purchased at least ten to fifteen minutes before a predetermined tour time.
  • Teachers/educators may call the Visitor Center to learn more about educational programs and academic fee waivers.
  • Call ahead for tour availability or visit Operating Hours & Seasons for current cave tour schedules.

* Please visit the Activities & Programs page or the Official Jewel Cave National Monument U.S. Park Service website for current information and rates.


Jewel Cave National Monument is located in the Black Hills National Forest. It is located just off Hwy 16, 13 miles west of Custer, SD, 24 miles east of Newcastle, WY, and about 54 miles from Rapid City, SD. 

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