- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

JEWEL CAVE NATIONAL MONUMENT, S.D. (AP) - Jewel Cave National Monument will be offering free tours to all visitors Wednesday in honor of Veterans Day.

A limited number of tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and visitors will have to choose one of two tours.

Scenic Tours provide an opportunity to view a variety colorful and rare cave formations for which Jewel Cave is famous. This one-half mile tour involves over 700 stairs and lasts about 80 minutes.

The Discovery Tour is a 20-minute introduction to the cultural and natural heritage of Jewel Cave. This program is conducted in one large room of the cave and is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

The park is encouraging visitors to bring sturdy walking shoes and a light coat as the cave is 49 degrees.

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