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

    Timpanogos Cave

    National Monument Utah

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    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?

Helictite

Timpanogos Cave is known for its high concentration of helictites - a spiraling cave formation that seems to defy gravity. Helictites are formed when calcite crystals and dissolved impurities are forced out of a tiny central canal in the helictite by hydrostatic pressure.