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

    Timpanogos Cave

    National Monument Utah

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  • Caves closed for the season

    Timpanogos Cave National Monument caves, cave trail, and visitor center are closed for the season. Caves are scheduled to open again mid-May 2015.

Cave Discoverers

Early black and white photo of Hansen Cave showing large flowstone formation.

Early view of the Organ Pipe Room, Hansen Cave.

NPS

Martin Hansen
Discovered Hansen Cave in October 1887.

James W. Gough and Frank Johnson
Discovered Timpanogos Cave in 1913.

Vearl Manwill
Rediscovered Timpanogos Cave on August 14, 1921. The Payson Alpine Club was established that evening.

George Heber Hansen and Wayne Hansen
Discovered Middle Cave on October 15, 1921.

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.