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

    Timpanogos Cave

    National Monument Utah

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  • Seasonal Closure

    2014 Season: The caves and visitor center will be closed for the winter until May 5. The visitor center will be open on May 5, and the cave will open for tours May 10.

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?

drapery cave formation

Cave Draperies, or Cave Bacon, form as calcite rich water trickles down an inclined bedrock surface. Over thousands of years a thin line of calcite builds up along the wall as water follows this same path over and over. These formations appear in caves in all different shapes, sizes and colors.