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Jewel Cave National Monument News Release


Release Date:  May 29, 2019

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Bradley Block, Chief of Interpretation / 605-673-8330 /


Jewel Cave Temporarily Closes Surface Trails


Custer, SD – Due to a waterline construction project at Jewel Cave National Monument, the surface trails are temporarily closed through late June.  The 3.5-mile Canyons Trail is closed from the Visitor Center to the Jewel Cave Historic Area; the Canyons Trail spur from the Roof Trail to the historic cabin is also closed.


A portion of the one-quarter-mile Roof Trail is also closed. Visitors can still access the first part of the Roof Trail near the visitor center and hike approximately 100 yards to an observation deck. However, the remaining portion of the trail is closed and signed accordingly.


To learn more about the surface and subsurface features, follow the Monument on Facebook at or Instagram at  To speak with a park ranger, contact the visitor center directly at (605) 673-8300 or email at



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