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Jewel Cave National Monument, Custer

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  • We went out of our way to go to Jewel Cave, thinking we'd take advantage of our National Parks & Monuments Pass, only to find that they don't apply at this location. (We had been to Wind Cave the day ...  more »
  • The National Park Service have done an amazing job of capturing the spirit of adventure with the Jewel Cave visitor center. I highly recommend the scenic tour as it gives you a good overview of the ca...  more »
  • We enjoyed the jewel caves. The tour we took lasted about an hour. Our docent was very knowledgeable and great with kids. The cave was beautiful.  more »
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  • I highly recommend a visit to Jewel Cave if you are ever in the Black Hills. It's is highly worth it. It is a beautiful cave. The bacon strip formation is the best. Lots of stairs though, so if you have knee problems, I wouldn't recommend it. But it's great.
  • Absolutely beautiful! There are the regular tours through the cave where you take an elevator to the cave & walk with minimal physical exertion on paved paths through the cave. There is the Old Jewel Cave tour that you have a lantern & walk through the cave with moderate physical exertion. Then there is the Spelunking Tour where you wear a head lamp & do actual crawling, climbing & squeezing through small places. There is a cement hollow square that you must be able to fit through before you can go on the tour. It takes strenuous physical exertion. The cave is quite cool so wear a light jacket & sturdy, rubber soled shoes.
  • A beautiful site, not just in the caves either. The visitor's center is full of incredible information and history too. The trails are beautiful and the wildlife was fun to look for. If you've got kiddos in tow, they also have a great junior rangers program too. Definitely worth stopping for no matter where you're headed and worth the fee for any cave tour of your choosing!
  • Awesomeness!!! Fantastic views!! Scott M. was a phenomenal guide!! So worth the visit!! We did the 1.5 hr tour and it's not too strenuous, BUT if you're older, bad knees, asthma - do ask - could be a bit much, otherwise great and no problem. Wonderful staff and loved it!!!
  • Took the scenic tour! Was amazing an unbelievable that they have only discovered 5% of this cave. Great guide an awesome information center

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Where to stay in Custer

You'll feel like you're experiencing life in the Old West on the outskirts of Custer, where several vacation cabins combine the grandeur of the Black Hills' scenery with amenities such as in-room televisions and Wi-Fi. Many are located just a short drive from Main Street. For a real adventure, consider staying in one of the area's campgrounds. To explore Custer's cultural delights on foot, book a room in a downtown hotel, motel, or bed and breakfast.
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