Jewel Cave National Monument

You'll be able to climb deep into the earth at Jewel Cave National Monument. With more than 200 miles of mapped caves, this massive underground system is one of South Dakota's wildest outdoor destinations. It's also among the top three longest caves in the world. Follow rangers through wild tunnels made from calcite crystals, under enormous stalactites, and past the famous "cave bacon" formation. With tour and talk options for people of all mobility levels, the caves are a fascinating destination for everyone in your group. After you resurface, check out the hiking trails that travel through the ponderosa forest.

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Jewel Cave National Monument

The main attraction at Jewel Cave National Monument is the remarkable cave, which is viewable via a guided tour. Above ground, the park offers two well-kept hiking trails. If you're visiting in the winter, stop by the visitor center to borrow a pair of snowshoes and explore the forest on foot.

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How To Get To Jewel Cave National Monument

Jewel Cave National Monument is located in western South Dakota between the town of Custer and the Wyoming border on Highway 16. From Custer, head west on US-16. If you're coming from Mount Rushmore, take SD-244 west to US-385 south to reach Custer.


11149 U.S. Hwy. 16, Building B12, Custer, SD 57730

Fee: Entry fee Adult Tour $12.0

Fee: Entry fee Youth Tour (ages 6-16) $0

Fee: Entry fee Child Tour (ages 5 and under) $0

Fee: Entry fee Discovery Talk (adult) $4.0

Fee: Entry fee Discovery Talk (youth and child) $0

Fee: Entry fee Wild Caving Tour (ages 16+) $31.0

With more than 200 miles of mapped caves, Jewel Cave National Monument is a fascinating spot for geology buffs and adventurers alike. Make the most of your South Dakota adventure by coming in an RV. An RV provides a warm, comfortable home base for your travels to nearby attractions such as Mount Rushmore, the Black Hills, and Custer State Park.