There is a stunning piece of South Dakota called Jewel Cave National Monument that is just waiting for you to stop by and explore it. Jewel Cave is actually recognized as being the third longest cave in the entire world. There are always tours setting out throughout the cave so visitors may experience this wonderful natural attraction. This would be a perfect stop for your entire family.
Inside Jewel Cave, one can set out to discover many natural formations such as stalactites and stalagmites, frostwork, boxwork, flowstone, draperies and hydromagnesite balloons. One will also be delighted to learn about the various species of bats that call this place home. When you stop by to take a tour of Jewel Cave, you can learn about all of these formations and species as well as learn about why it is so important to preserve such an important piece of this land.
Many people who visit Jewel Cave also love to take the time and explore all of the beauty that is on the land above the cave. Here are many great areas that you can have a relaxing picnic or explore nature on a scenic hike. You will be delighted at all that Jewel Cave National Monument has in store for you and your family.
The visitor center at Jewel Cave is open every day of the week, except for all of the major national holidays. Visitor center hours and tour times differ depending on the current season. If you would like current times or if you wish to purchase tickets for a tour of Jewel Cave, you can call (605) 673-2288, extension 1220.