Jewel Cave Tour Suspension Extended

Black Hills Ponderosa Pines

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Instead of resuming cave tours today as previously planned, Jewel Cave National Monument has extended the cancellation of it’s cave tours until Friday February 17th.

Cave tours were cancelled last Monday to allow for some necessary maintenance on the two 28-story elevators, which act as the main access to and from the cave.

The work involves rewiring the elevator hoistway, repairing the position indicators, and installing waterproof door interlocks. A thorough maintenance check is also completed to get ready for the upcoming summer season.

“We regret the delay in resuming cave tours. By planning this work for the slower winter season, we hope to avoid disappointing large numbers of visitors. We anticipate resuming cave tours on Saturday, February 18, and we appreciate our visitors’ patience as we complete the maintenance process.” – Larry Johnson, Superintendent at Jewel Cave National Monument

In lieu of the cave tours, the park will be offering free nature hikes each day at 10:00am and 2:00pm. The 0.4 kilometer (0.25 mile), often overlooked, Roof Trail wanders through a beautiful ponderosa pine forest.

During the elevator closures, the visitor center will be keeping its usual hours, open daily from 8:30am until 4:30pm, with Park Rangers on hand to answer questions.

For more information on the closures, call the Visitor Center at 605-673-8300 (Option 2) or visit the Jewel Cave National Monument website.

Temporary Suspension of Jewel Cave Tours Continues [Jewel Cave National Monument]

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