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.
These extreme conditions create desirable habitats for large mammals such as Mountain goats, Big horn sheep, Mountain lion, moose, Mule deer, and Black bear. The canyon also supports small mammals such as Ringtail cats, Longtail weasels, raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks, packrats, and bats.
During the canyon's hot summers you may see reptiles such as the Great Basin rattlesnake, Gopher snake, Rubber boa, and Sagebrush lizard.
The American Fork River supports two species of introduced fish, Brown trout and Rainbow trout.
The canyon supports commonly seen birds such as the American dipper, Broad-tailed hummingbird, Canyon wren, Orange-crowned warbler, Western tanager, Violet-green swallow, and Stellers jay. Occassional visits are seen from larger birds such as Wild turkeys, Red-tailed hawks, Peregrine falcon, and Bald eagles.
For such a small park, the ranging elevations and various vegetation types allow for a large variety of animals.
Did You Know?
Even though temperatures can be below freezing in the winter at Timpanogos Cave, the caves keep a fairly constant temperature of 46 degrees F and 100% humidity. In years of heavy snowfall, snow is shoveled off the cave trail in preparation for opening the caves and cave trail in the spring.