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Jewel Cave National Monument, Custer

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Jewel Cave National Monument contains Jewel Cave, currently the third longest cave in the world, with 215.05 miles (346.09 kilometers) of mapped passageways. It is located approximately 13 miles (21 km) west of the town of Custer in Black Hills of South Dakota. It became a national monument in 1908.
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  • Jewel Cave provides a unique experience: While you will find some of the more common cave features here, the cave is best known for two types of calcite crystals, nailhead spar and dogtooth spar... 
    Jewel Cave provides a unique experience: While you will find some of the more common cave features here, the cave is best known for two types of calcite crystals, nailhead spar and dogtooth spar...  more »
  • Nice cave. Good tour guide. Be ready for many up and down staircases. My many negative was not enough time just to look as we walked. Always felt a bit pressured to keep up. Still, a good clean.....  more
    Nice cave. Good tour guide. Be ready for many up and down staircases. My many negative was not enough time just to look as we walked. Always felt a bit pressured to keep up. Still, a good clean.....  more »
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  • My husband and I went on a tour today it was over an hour long and amazing! The tour guide had so much knowledge and really took his time to explain everything!!! It was also a great workout 🏋️‍♀️ 🤣 lots of stairs. This was our top favorite experience. Highly recommend! It’s a must see! We will be bringing our kids next time 🥰. No masks required. A few people wore 😷 masks. Would recommend good walking shoes and a sweatshirt or jacket. Nothing is allowed into the cave ( no maps / info sheets / water ) they have bathrooms before you enter. They are trying to protect the caves natural habitat so some rules apply. Light trails around the area checks these out very pretty 🤩
  • Note: Be sure to visit the historical site to see the original cave opening. It's just down the hill and is free. Be certain that you get there early or make reservations during peak season because tours fill up quick. We arrived at 1pm and tours were sold out for the day which is 5:30pm and that includes the 20 min mini tours. Note, no cellular service here. Has a nice video about the creation and exploration of the cave system. Has a cave science museum section of the information office.

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