Lightning Strike Knocks Jewel Cave Elevators Offline

Jewel Cave National Monument

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A lightning strike this past weekend has knocked Jewel Cave National Monument‘s two elevators offline.

The two 28-story elevators, which act as the main access to and from the cave, are now under going maintenance to remedy the problem, and the Scenic and Discovery Tours have been once again cancelled until further notice.

Jewel Caves elevators have been experiencing quite a bit of unexpected downtime in the last year. The 39-year-old elevators went offline last July for unknown reasons, then this spring the closure for annual maintenance went on over two weeks longer than anticipated.

The timing for this latest closure has most unfortunate timing with the National Park Service celebrating Get Outdoors Day this Saturday and Jewel Cave supposed to be offering many of it’s currently closed cave tours free of charge.

For an up to date status on all the cancellations, please visit the Jewel Cave National Monument website or call the Visitor Center at 605-673-8300 (Option 2).

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