Final day for cave tours is Sept 22. The caves and visitor center will be closed for the winter season beginning Sept 23. The park will re-open in the Spring.
Born in Denmark, Hansen settled in American Fork in 1861 after coming to Utah with Mormon pioneers. He was a teamster and logger in American Fork Canyon, and as the demand for lumber and firewood increased, Hansen had to hike higher up the steep slopes to reach ideal timber. According to family records, Hansen ends his working day in October 1887 high along the canyon wall, setting his ax down against a tree and heads home. The next day he returns to collect his ax and notices mountain lion tracks in the freshly fallen snow. Taking his ax, he follows the tracks and finds the entrance to a cave, exploring only as far as daylight allowed.
Did You Know?
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 calcite. The delicate nature of these tiny crystals makes them particularly susceptible to damage and vandalism.