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wind cave, jewell cave

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wind cave, jewell cave

how far are these NPs from hill city thanks for any info.

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1. Re: wind cave, jewell cave

According to Mapquest, Jewel is about 40 minutes, and Wind is about 45 minutes. They are both spectacular and should not be missed. Some things to keep in mind:

Jewel is a very open cave...colorful with some wonderful stalactites and stalagmites. The formations are amazing. We took the Scenic tour. It was about 2 hours and I wished it could have been longer. Jewel is the 2nd longest known cave in the world, 2nd only to Mammoth in Kentucky.

Wind Cave is more closed in and is known for its Boxwork. Boxwork reminds me of spider webs. It's a rare formation and quite interesting. We took the Fairgrounds Tour. It also was about 2 hours. If you are claustrophobic, I don't know if I would recommend Wind Cave. We loved it; however, one of our tour members had to leave very shortly into the tour due to feeling "closed in." The tour does not include a lot of stooping, squatting, etc, but there are some narrow passages in some places.

The national parks website says the tours are strenuous, but as long as you can go up and down steps, you will be fine. We did not find them strenuous at all.

The rangers do an excellent job in telling the history of the caves and explaining the formations.

Be sure to visit nps.gov to get a sneak peek at some of the formations you will see at each cave. The tours are explained here also. If you are going at a busy time (summer), you might want to consider advance tour reservations, especially for Jewel Cave. We had to wait a couple hours to get on the scenic tour.

You will have a wonderful time at both places. Enjoy!

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2. Re: wind cave, jewell cave

slrtravel gave good info.

The actual drive time is probably about 25-30 minutes to Jewell Cave and just a little longer to Wind Cave.

Here's a little more information. Jewell Cave National Monument is just the cave and a small surface area. Wind Cave National Park is the cave plus a larger surface area of something like 40 square miles. Geographically, it is very similar to the wildlife loop area in southern Custer State Park. There are buffalo, elk, antelope, deer, etc.

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3. Re: wind cave, jewell cave

Hi Dracaj!

One is a NP (Wind Cave) the other is a NM. Not much difference.

Could not have given better info than Slrtravelplanner.

If you only want to visit one of them, my vote goes to Wind Cave, but it's all a matter of personal preference of course. From Wind Cave you can directly drive to Custer SP.

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