Jewel Cave National Monument in South Dakota will be fully open to visitors with regular cave tours from January 30 through February 10, as a mechanical assessment of the monument's elevators is being rescheduled.
Jewel Cave National Monument
A need to assess the mechanical condition of the elevators at Jewel Cave National Monument will require a halt on cave tours from January 30 through February 10, according to park officials.
With temperatures warming above ground, Jewel Lake National Monument in South Dakota is preparing to take more people underground to view cave chambers, fragile formations, and calcite crystals.
Installation of fencing in strategic spots along the Scenic Tour at Jewel Cave National Monument has led to the decision to let children under the age of 5 to once again go on the tour.
How long is Jewel Cave? If you said 150 miles, you'd be wrong. That was the length measured back in 2010 when volunteers charted more than 3,000 feet of unexplored passageways. Now the total has been pushed to 180 miles thanks to another group of volunteers.
The Black Hills have long been considered sacred ground by the native people, and after a visit here, perhaps you will too. Start your journey in Rapid City, South Dakota, which is set against the eastern slope of the mountains. The history here, of miners, soldiers, and native tribes, is fascinating. Gold drew the original settlers, but tourism now sustains the region.
When emergencies occur, Americans take it for granted that trained help will arrived promptly. That doesn't happen by chance, however, and a recent training session will help prepare emergency responders in case things go wrong in some of the most challenging locations on earth: caves.
Is your young-un too young to get involved in the National Park Service's Junior Ranger program? Well, here's news that some parks have created a "Pee Wee Ranger Program" for kids aged 3 and 4.
The second longest cave in the world just got a little larger—at least in terms of the number of miles of surveyed passages. Volunteer cavers have recently mapped new areas at Jewel Cave National Monument which pushed the total known length of Jewel Cave past the 150-mile mark.