Jewel Cave Announces Hours for Summer Season


The back of the Jewel Cave National Monument Visitor Center and Elevator Shafts.

Jewel Cave National Monument is changing its operations to prepare for visitors this summer season. Beginning Wednesday, May 8 the visitor center will be open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Extended hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. will begin on Sunday, May 19. These hours will then continue until Labor Day.

Jewel Cave’s Wild Caving Tours will begin for the season on Saturday, May 25 and the Historic Lantern Tours on Saturday, June 1. The park plans to offer the Historic Lantern Tours daily until Labor Day, and the Wild Caving Tour on weekends and select weekdays through mid-August. The monument will continue to offer the popular Scenic and Discovery Tours. Advance reservations for the Scenic, Discovery and Historic Lantern Tours are strongly recommended and will be available to book on, with limited walk-up tours available daily. Advance reservations are required for the Wild Caving Tour and will be by phone. Information on booking this tour is on our website and

The monument also partners with the Black Hills Parks and Forests Association, which operates a Park Store inside the visitor center.  The store will be open on the same schedule as the visitor center and provides visitors with multiple products and services to complement their visit.

Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted at, as well as on social media through Facebook at and Instagram at