Jewel Cave is open year round. The
Park Service offers three tours: the scenic tour, a half-mile loop
through a paved and lighted central portion of the cave accessible
by elevator; the historic tour, a candlelight tour through the
earliest-discovered part of the cave; and a spelunking tour, through
an undeveloped part of the cave near the scenic loop. There are some
surface trails. While reservations are not required, they are
recommended during the summer seasons.
With 141 miles of mapped passageway Jewel
Cave is believed to be the second longest cave in the world, after
Mammoth Cave, in Kentucky, at 367 miles.
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