Distance

0.5 Miles

Elevation Gain

20 Feet

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Jason Hatfield

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Scenic

Guided tours of parts of the 3rd largest cave in the world.

Established in 1908, Jewel Cave National Monument is home to over 179 miles of mapped cave passages. The cave features larger chambers and more interesting formations then nearby Wind Cave NP, and much of it is covered in spar crystals.

A guided tour is the only way to see the cave system unless you are in the park's limited volunteer cave exploring group. Depending on the time of year, up to 4 different tours are offered with the potential for the tickets to be sold out during the summer and holidays; tickets are only available the same day on a first-come-first-serve basis: http://www.nps.gov/jeca/planyourvisit/hours.htm. The cave is 49°F/9°C year-round but access can be closed in the winter due to severe weather.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

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Isaac Parsons

almost 3 years ago

Great for any age!

I took my 5th grade students on a field trip to Jewel Cave and the kids has a great time and a new experience for a lot of them. Something for everyone to learn here whether you're in 5th grade or an adult.

Distance

0.5 Miles

Elevation Gain

20 Feet

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Jason Hatfield

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