Jewel Cave National Monument, Custer

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#4 of 16 in Parks in Custer
President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed Jewel Cave the 13th national monument on February 7, 1908. It is located 13 miles west of Custer, SD along Hwy 16.
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  • Another of the many caves in South Dakota,, worth the trip,, beautiful drive there also. Great for the kids..  more »
  • The Jewel Cave is a very cool place to take kids and teens. There are tons of things to do there for all ages. The views are amazing and the natural cave sights are such a cool thing to see! Our guide...  more »
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  • Really fun and educational place to go in Rapid City. I'd recommend bringing a jacket when coming here. Gets cold even during the summer. There's also a lot of steep stairs so it can be a little rough with the youngsters. Also, I recommend getting there about 2-3 hours earlier than you wanna go, buy the tickets, then go into the town a few miles away and find stuff to do. Otherwise, the tickets will likely be sold out for the times you wanna go plus you'll have to wait longer while finding other things to do around the area.
  • The cave is amazing. It's a very different experience from Wind Cave, which is also in the Black Hills. So both are definitely worth visiting of you're in the area. The rooms and passageways you walk through on the tour are huge. It's a pretty easy walk. I was too busy looking at all the awesome cave formations to notice any effort in walking up the stairs. It's only about 50 degrees in the cave and the tour is well over an hour so definitely wear a sweatshirt or a jacket--I'm glad I did.

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