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.
Jewel Cave National Monument
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.
The Park Service co-sponsored this year’s International Congress of Speleology (ICS), which has been going on all week in Kerrville, Texas. Many of the 1,300 participants signed up for field trips that included guided tours of developed and wild caves within NPS units.
If You Can You Squeeze Through an 8.5 x 24-Inch Opening, You Can Take the Spelunking Tour at Jewel Cave National Monument
South Dakota’s Jewel Cave National Monument, which celebrates its 101st birthday today, offers convenient access to underground beauty and the world’s second longest cave system. While it hasn’t always been easy for the public to enjoy Jewel’s scenic wonders, visitors today have three great tours to choose from. Be prepared for a tight squeeze if you choose the Spelunking Tour.