• A water drop clings onto the edge of a orange stalactite, surrounded by white stalactites.

    Timpanogos Cave

    National Monument Utah

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    When you purchase your tickets on recreation.gov, the time options listed will be for your hike time, which is the time you should pick up your tickets at the visitor center. Plan on 3-4 hours from that time, round trip.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to Timpanogos Cave National Monument?
From I-15: If you are arriving from the north or south on Interstate 15, take Exit 284 (Alpine-Highland exit), then turn east on State Highway 92 and proceed ten miles (16km) to the monument.

From U.S. 40 or U.S. 189: If you are arriving from Heber City or Provo Canyon traveling on U.S. 40 or U.S. 189, take State Highway 92, passing by Sundance Resort and over the mountainous scenic route known as the Alpine Scenic Loop. Because of the narrow and winding road, buses and large vehicles over thirty feet are not recommended on the Alpine Scenic Loop. The Alpine Scenic Loop is closed during the winter. more...

When are the caves open?
The caves are open for cave tours early May through late September, weather permitting. The cave trail and caves are closed for the winter. more...

What are the Visitor Center hours?
The visitor center is open daily from 7:00 am - 5:30 pm. The first cave tour hike time is at 7:00 am with a cave tour at 8:30 am. The last cave tour hike time is 5:00 pm with a cave tour at 6:30 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled hike time to pick up your tickets. After Labor Day the Visitor Center hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. more...

When is the busy season?
Memorial Day through Labor Day.

How much does it cost for a cave tour?
$8.00 for adults (16 and older)
$6.00 for juniors (ages 6-15)
$4.00 for children (ages 3-5)
Free for infants (ages 2 and under)
$4.00 for seniors with Golden Age or Senior Passes, and for persons with Golden Access or Access Passes. more...

Does my America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass or my Annual Pass for Military cover cave tour fees?
No. Although your American the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass and your Annual Pass for Military will cover the fee to enter American Fork Canyon and for entrance fees to other National Parks, the pass does not cover use fees, such as cave tours. more...

Does the monument give senior or other discounts?
Half-off cave tour price is available to those holding a Golden Age or Senior Pass and Golden Access or Access Pass.

Are group discounts available?
No.

Can I purchase cave tickets in advance?
Yes. Because cave tour tickets frequently sell out, especially on weekends and holidays, advance purchases are encouraged. Tour tickets may be purchased up to 30 days in advance online through www.recreation.gov or by calling at (877)444-6777.

Can the caves be entered without a guide?
For the protection of the caves and visitors, all visitors touring the caves must be with a guide and have a cave tour ticket.

Are the caves and cave trail wheelchair accessible?
Due to the steep grade of the cave trail and the narrow passages and stairs in the caves, the caves and cave trail are not wheelchair accessible. A free, full length cave tour is available to view upon request at the wheelchair accessible visitor center.

Where do you get tickets and start the hike?
Cave tour tickets may be purchased through www.recreation.gov. Any remaining tickets for the day become available for purchase when the visitor center opens that day. The cave trail starts at the east side of the visitor center.

Is there a fee to hike on the cave trail?
No. A fee is required for a cave tour, but not to hike the cave trail for exercise or for a nice canyon hike. There are free ranger programs offered throughout the day just outside the caves or at 4pm on the deck next to the visitor center.

How long is the hike and cave tour?
You should plan on three to three and a half hours for the cave tour and hike. One and a half hours to hike up, an hour in the caves, and half to one hour to hike down.

The trail is 1-1/2 miles long. No stollers (or other wheeled vehicles including wheelchairs) or pets are allowed on the cave trail. Service animals are allowed on the cave trail and in the caves with proper documentation. All children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. It is advisable to bring plenty of drinking water, as no drinking water is available on the trail or at the caves, and bring a jacket or sweatshirt; it is 45 degrees in the cave.

Can we take pictures in the caves?
Yes, flash recommended. Camera tripods or monopods are not allowed in the caves.

What other items are not permitted in the cave?
Walking sticks, baby strollers, pets, food, candy, tobacco or drink are not permitted in the cave. Canes needed for mobility are allowed.

What should I bring to visit the caves?
The caves are around 45oF (11oC) year round, so a light jacket or long-sleeved shirt is recommended. The trail and cave features are electrically lit, but bring a flashlight if you like. Wear good shoes for the long hike up to the caves, and bring plenty of water to drink.

Where are the caves? Can they be seen from the Visitor Center?
The caves are located 1,092 feet above the visitor center, on the same side of the canyon, but cannot be seen from the visitor center. The entrance shelter can be seen from various points along Highway 92.

Why do I have to wait before hiking up to the caves?
There are only 16 people allowed per tour and the waiting area just outside the caves does not accommodate large groups for long periods of time.

Can we bring food on the cave trail?
Visitors are welcome to bring snacks and eat along the trail. Food or beverages (except water) are not allowed inside the caves. Benches are available along the cave trail.

What else can I do at the Monument?
The visitor center has a 22-minute introductory video, interactive touch screen virtual tour, and a book sales area. A free Junior Ranger booklet is available upon request at the visitor center. The Canyon Nature Trail, a ¼ mile walk, is across the street at the pedestrian bridge. Brochures are available in English and Spanish. Free ranger programs including deck talks, walks and talks, evening programs on Friday and Saturdays, and Junior Ranger programs on Saturdays are offered from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Two picnic areas are located in the monument: across the street from the visitor center and Swinging Bridge Picnic area is located ¼ mile down the canyon on the north side of the road.

Can I fish in the monument?
Yes, but you do need a valid state fishing license.

Does Timpanogos Cave National Monument offer evening programs and Junior Ranger programs?
Yes. Evening programs are offered Fridays and Saturday at 7pm at the visitor center (unless otherwise noted), starting Memorial Day running into September. Junior Ranger programs are offered on Saturdays, Memorial Day through Labor Day. For more information please call the Visitor Center at 801-756-5238.

Does the Monument have picnic areas?
Two picnic areas are located in the monument: Canyon View Picnic Area, across the street from visitor center and Swinging Bridge Picnic Area, ¼ mile down the canyon on the north side of the road. Up canyon many picnic areas are available in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest (North Fork Road).

Are there any campgrounds at the Monument?
No. Campgrounds are located in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest further up the canyon. Reservations can be made with Recreation.gov at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Little Mill Campground is the closest to the monument. For more information on camping in the surrounding forest click here.

Did You Know?

frost cave formation

Frostwork, like it's name depicts, resembles hoarfrost growing outside on a foggy winter day. Most frostwork found in Timpanogos Cave is formed from aragonite, an unstable form of calcium carbonate. The delicate nature of these tiny crystals makes them particularly susceptible to damage and vandalism.