We saw so many bighorn sheep off of the side of of the road on our way to Jewel Cave National Monument!
Our decision to go to Jewel Cave was a last second decision after we learned about it at Wind Cave.
These crystal formations below are so pretty.
Someone got a pretty decent picture of us! Which isn’t easy in a cave.
Although lesser known than Wind Cave, Jewel cave is actually larger. Jewel cave is the 3rd longest cave system in the world. There are over 180 miles of it that have been explored and mapped!
It is yet another place that was made a national monument by Theodore Roosevelt.
Lots of popcorn formations in this cave.
Spoiler alert, we went back to this cave a few months after this and did their wild cave tour. On this tour we got to see an incredibly rare and awesome cave formation called hydromagnesite balloons. Sadly we weren’t allowed to take cameras so I don’t have any pictures 🙁 but it was so neat because Jewel cave is the only public cave in the world where you can see this formation and it was AWESOME!
On that wild tour we also saw a bunch of gypsum formations include the super delicate gypsum needles.
Lots of flowstone here. It looks so shiny and smooth.
Some cave bacon here.
Headed up the stairs on the tour. I probably should have taken some more pictures of Jeb in this cave!
The light shining through the cave bacon.
After this we made plans to do the wild cave tour. Since I don’t have pictures to post for that, I can go ahead and say that we did in fact go back three months later, and we successfully fit through an 8.5 inch by 24 inch space size! Not easy, and pretty scary, but fun!