The Black Hills in Custer, South Dakota is known for a variety of things, but one major component is its vast underground Jewel Cave. Discovered in the early 20th century by two brothers passing through Hell Canyon, the cave is still one of the longest in the world, with over 190 miles of explored passageways. Just under a short 15-minute drive, our hotel near Jewel Cave National Monument offers guests cozy and budget-friendly lodgings--perfect after a long day of exploration through this national monument.
Eight years after its discovery, it was President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908 that established Jewel Cave as a National Monument. Tours began in the late 1930s, around the same time the first permanent ranger was positioned at the cave. Two decades later in the late 1950s, an additional two-mile stretch of the cave was discovered, and in the 1960s, 15 miles more along with today’s well know “Scenic Area." Continued exploration of the cave continues even today in hopes of discovering any further passageways linking to Jewel Cave.
With the vastness of this local attraction, we always encourage guests at our hotel close to Jewel Cave Monument to set out early. Guests can kick-start their day with our complimentary SuperStart breakfast, which runs from 6am-9am daily. Once returned, guests can kick back and relax by enjoying a variety of our additional hotel amenities including our indoor heated pool and hot tub!
There are several types of tours that you may enjoy: