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Jewel Cave National Monument

ENTRANCE FEES

Jewel Cave Discovery

Fees
$4.00

Details
This talk is an introduction to Jewel Cave. Participants view one large room of the cave and go up and down fifteen stairs. This talk is also accessable to visitors in wheelchairs or those unable to use stairs. Fees: $4.00 for ages 16 and over, Free for ages 15 and under. This program is free to holders of the National Parks Pass and their immediate families, and for holders of Golden Age or Access Passes and their immediate families. Tickets: Tickets are available first come, first served at the visitor center. Tickets can now be purchased up to three days in advance by calling 1-605-673-2288, ext. 0. Group reservations are available. Please use the "more" button below for current schedule information or call the visitor center at 1-605-673-2288 ext.1220.

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ACTIVITY FEES

Lantern Tour

Fees
$8.00

Details
This tour is available from the beginning of June through Labor Day. The Lantern Tour is an 1930's style adventure. Visitors, carrying lanterns provided by the Monument, enter and leave the cave through the historic entrance and view the cave from an unpaved trail. This tour is considered strenuous. The tour route is approximately 1/2 mile long, includes steep, narrow wooden steps, and requires bending and stooping. The tour lasts about 1-3/4 hours. Participants must be at least 6 years old. Fees: $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children ages 6-16. The National Parks Pass is not valid for Lantern Tour fees. Tickets: Tickets are available first come, first served at the visitor center. Tickets can now be purchased up to three days in advance by calling 1-605-673-2288, ext. 0. All tickets must be picked up at least 30 minutes in advance at the visitor center. Group reservations are available. Please use the "more" button below for current schedule information or call the visitor center at 1-605-673-2288 ext.1220.

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Scenic Tour

Fees
$8.00

Details
Scenic Tours are offered year round. The Scenic Tour provides an opportunity to visit chambers decorated with calcite and other speleothems, while walking along a paved, lighted trail. The tour enters and leaves the cave by elevator from the visitor center. This tour is moderately strenuous. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. Fees: $8.00 for adults, $4.00 for youth ages 6-16. There is no fee for children under 6 years of age. Golden Age and Golden Access Passports holders 1/2 price. The National Parks Pass is not valid for Scenic Cave Tour fees. Tickets: Tickets are available first come, first served at the visitor center. Tickets can now be purchased up to three days in advance by calling 1-605-673-2288, ext. 0. During the holidays and summer, this tour frequently sells out. Group reservations are available. Please use the "more" button below for current schedule information or call the visitor center at 1-605-673-2288 ext.1220.

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Spelunking Tour

Fees
$27.00

Details
Spelunking Tours are available beginning of June 4 through August 13. This is the tour for those visitors who prefer to experience the cave in its natural state. Participants scramble over cave "breakdown," chimney between cave walls, climb semi-vertical rocks (rope-assisted climbs), and belly crawl through tight passages. The cavers visit 2/3 mile of cave, and learn about low-impact caving, caving techniques, safety, and caving equipment. This tour lasts 3-4 hours and is considered extremely strenuous. Participants must be at least 16 years old. Participants must provide over the ankle, lug-soled, lace-up boots, soft elbow and knee pads, gloves and long pants. Clothes and boots may be permanently stained with manganese. The fee for this tour is $27.00. The National Parks Pass is not valid for Spelunking Tour fees. Reservations are required. Contact the Monument for additional information about this tour at 1-605-673-2288 ext. 0. Reservations are required and can be made up to one month in advance by calling the phone number listed above.

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