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The book store, and ticket counter.
|Tours meet right in the main building, and line up here. Entrance is via elevator.|
|A small museum, and theater give visitors an idea of what to expect down in the caves.|
|Portions of the cave are not yet developed, and are largely still being explored. These so called wild sections are open to the public on a limited basis, through "wild cave" tours. In order to qualify, you must be able to fit through this small block.|
|The elevators to the caves below.|
|At the bottom of the elevator ride, our ranger gives us some warnings, and advice, before taking us out into the caves.|
Out in the cave, it is immediately obvious that this is a much larger, and more open set of caves than those of nearby Wind Cave.
Stairs lead to some of the lower levels of the cave system.
|This is the same area s that above; but under the green glow of the florescent lights of the cave.|
|Stairways are all around. We stand on a metal platform, above the cave floor.|
A look back at the entrance to the elevator lobby.
The stairs down.
|A look back up the stairs.|
|We gather under a big rock, after our trip down the stairs.|
|On one of the deeper levels of the cave, we pass through the jeweled tunnels of Jewel Cave.|
|Crystals form over nearly all of the cave surfaces, which is how the cave got its name.|
|Sadly, still photos can not show the way that the surfaces of the cave glitter and change, as the light passes.|
|Parts of the inside of this cave, almost appear to be living things.|
|Traveling through the tunnels and canyons of this cave are like going through a coral reef. If there were water in these caves, it would not seem out of place to see reef fish here.|
|The walls sparkle, and show different colors and odd, curved shapes.|
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