Wind Cave, Jewel Cave increasing prices soon

CUSTER, S.D. – Visitors to both Jewel Cave National Monument and Wind Cave National Park will see their fees bump up beginning in the new year.

This is the first increase since 2014. Park managers have been working over the last year to adjust the rate.

At Jewel Cave, scenic and lantern tours are going from $12 to $16, and wild caving tours that were $31 will now be $45.

Wind Cave’s Wild Cave Tour is increasing from $25 to $45. Other tours are going up anywhere from one to 10 dollars.

Elk Mountain campgrounds are also raising their park officials say they need to keep up with inflation.

“80 percent of the money that we collect we’re able to keep in the park. Those are goals for projects that have a strong visitor component,” Chief of Interpretation at Wind Cave Tom Farrell said. “So we’ve built some airlocks caves that were based on fee funds. We hire a lot of our staff off of these fee funds, so they’re very critical in terms of us being able to manage the park.”

The new prices go into effect on January 1.

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