Here at Buffalo Ridge Camp Resort, we’ve had the pleasure of hosting thousands of visitors from across the U.S and abroad over the last several years. And one of the attractions we always hear guests rave about is Jewel Cave. Even those who have never viewed themselves as a “caver,” say all it took was under minute to fall in love with the cave’s beauty and wonder.
“Gorgeous and a must do!” Are words we continue to see and hear from the cave’s reviews each season, and why we encourage guests camping with us near Jewel Cave National Monument to discover and explore this breathtaking attraction.
Attracting a variety of groups and those who live for the outdoors and nature, Jewel Cave offers guests something very unique. Albert and Frank Michaud, two brothers, who in 1900 discovered cold air coming from a hole in South Dakota’s ground in the Black Hills, discovered Jewel Cave. But, what they didn’t know was just how big their discovery would actually become.
As the second-longest system of caves in the world, its walls are lined with calcite crystals that resemble dazzling jewels, hence the meaning behind the name Jewel Cave. It was on February 7, 1908 that Theodore Roosevelt declared the cave a national monument and once the National Park Service took it over in 1933, further exploration of cave took place- miles and miles of new passageways would be discovered in the process.
With nine species of bats, sparkling calcite crystals, and miles of passageways to explore those camping near Jewel Cave Monument literally have a world treasure at their feet to discover. Book with us at Buffalo Ridge Camp Resort today! Just under a 16-minute drive guests can explore the underground world of the Black Hills and take home an experience of a lifetime.