Cave Tours Closed for Season
Cave Tours are closed for the winter. Tours will resume April 26, 2014. All trails on the monument remain open.
Crews are removing brush along highway 46 beginning in the lower parking lot and moving down the highway. Work is scheduled to last until April 20, 2014; expect delays.
The elevation at the Monument is 4,000 feet (1,220 meters) and as a result, we experience comfortable summer temperatures (65-85 F, 18-29 C) and snowy winters. The climate of the region is strongly influenced by the ocean which contributes to over 50 inches of rain per year. Expect rainy weather during spring and fall at the Monument and bring your rain gear!
Visit NOAA for the latest weather updates.
If you plan on attending a cave tour, you should bring a warm sweater and sturdy shoes to dress for the 44 F (7 C) cave.
Did You Know?
Scorpions fluoresce or glow under ultraviolet (UV) black light. They can glow electric green or blue. Scorpions fluoresce because they contain a fluorescent protein in the upper layer of their exoskeleton. This layer is like your fingernail, but even more protective and tough. The special protein inside is thought by scientists to serve as an ultraviolet sensitivity mechanism, perhaps allowing the scorpion to avoid burning itself by staying exposed too long to damaging light levels.