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With more than 127 miles surveyed, Jewel Cave is recognized as the third longest cave in the world. Airflow within its passages indicates a vast area yet to be explored. Cave tours provide opportunities for viewing this pristine cave system and its wide variety of speleothems including stalactites, stalagmites, draperies, frostwork, flowstone, boxwork and hydromagnesite balloons. The cave is an important hibernaculum for several species of bats.

Jewel Cave National Monument was established by Presidential Proclamation on February 7, 1908



Email - JECA_Interpretation@nps.gov

Fax- 605-673-3294

Write to
RR 1, Box 60 AA
Custer, SD 57730

Headquarters - 605-673-2288


Operating Hours, Seasons
Daily, summer: 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; winter: hours for visitation may vary, but generally the Visitor Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except on Thanksgiving Day, December 25 and January 1.

Getting There
PLANE - The nearest major airport is 54 miles away in Rapid City, South Dakota.

CAR - The main Visitor Center and cave entrance is thirteen miles west of Custer, South Dakota on RT 16, 24 miles east of Newcastle, Wyoming on RT 16 and 54 miles from Rapid City, South Dakota via RT 16 & 16 -385.

Weather & Climate
Surface Weather-Summer days are usually warm or hot, often with late afternoon thundershowers. Spring and Fall weather is the most variable. Cool damp days alternate with warm dry ones. Winters are cold. Be prepared for changes in weather. Cave 'Weather'- Temperature: 49 degrees F (9 C), with approximately 98% humidity year round.

The Visitor Center is wheelchair accessible. Accessible restrooms are also available. The Target Room in Jewel Cave is accessible.


Ranger Stations
Phone - 1-605-673-2288
Location - The Historic area is located .9 of a mile west of the main visitor center on highway 16.
Exhibits - The Historic area is the location for our '1930's era' activities. Rangers are on duty at the historic log cabin and provide the Candlelight Tours.

Visitor Centers
Open All Year 8:00am to 4:30pm
Phone - 1-605-673-2288
Location - Jewel Cave National Monument is located 13 miles west of Custer,SD on highway 16 or 24 miles east of Newcastle,WY on highway 16.
Closures - The Monument is closed on Thanksgiving, December 25 and January 1.
Special Programs - Ranger-led surface talks are available throughout the day at posted times on a variety of topics.
Exhibits - Interactive computers, Interpretive exhibits, and the Jewel Cave Map are available to introduce you to the resources of the Monument. Surface programs are also offered during the summer months.

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Campgrounds Nearby
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These outdoors activities are available near Jewel Cave National Monument.
 Campgrounds Near Jewel Cave National Monument:
Custer Mountain Cabins, Custer, 0 miles away
Custer - Grace Coolidge, Custer, 0 miles away
Custer - Legion Lake, Custer, 0 miles away
Custer - Stockade Lake, Custer, 0 miles away
Custer - Sylvan Lake, Custer, 0 miles away
Spirit Horse Escape, Custer, 0 miles away
The Roost Resort, Custer, 0 miles away
 Marinas Near Jewel Cave National Monument:
Sheridan Lake Marina, Rapid City , 13 miles away
Pactola Pines Marina, Rapid City , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Jewel Cave National Monument:
Days Inn Custer, Custer , 0 miles away
Super 8 Custer/Crazy Horse Area, Custer , 0 miles away
Econo Lodge Custer, Custer , 0 miles away
The Bavarian Inn, Custer , 0 miles away
Rock Crest Lodge And Cabins, Custer , 1 miles away
Rodeway Inn Custer, Custer , 1 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites, Custer , 1 miles away
 Trails Near Jewel Cave National Monument:
Sunday Gulch Trail, Custer County , 4 miles away
Lost Cabin Trail, Pennington County , 6 miles away
Paha Sapa Trail, Custer County , 6 miles away
Cathedral Spires Trail, Custer County , 6 miles away
Sylvan Lake Harney Trail, Pennington County , 7 miles away
 Ski Areas Near Jewel Cave National Monument:
Terry Peak, South Dakota , 33 miles away, 1100 foot drop, 6 lifts, 24 runs
 Whitewater Near Jewel Cave National Monument:
Battle Creek, Pennington County , 18 miles away, Class III-IV(V) - 4 miles long (Harney to Hayward)
 Public Lands Near Jewel Cave National Monument:
Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone - SD , 19 miles away
Wind Cave National Park, Hot Springs - SD , 19 miles away
Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Harrison - NE , 57 miles away
Custer State Park, South Dakota , 16 miles away
Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve, South Dakota , 19 miles away
Angostura Recreation Area, South Dakota , 25 miles away
Bear Butte State Park, South Dakota , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Jewel Cave National Monument:
Rocky Knolls Golf Course, Custer , 0 miles away
Southern Hills Municipal Golf, Hot Springs , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Jewel Cave National Monument
Bismark Lake, Custer County , 6 miles away
Sheridan Lake, Pennington County , 15 miles away
Deerfield Lake, Pennington County , 18 miles away

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