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

    Timpanogos Cave

    National Monument Utah

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  • Cave tour tickets

    When you purchase your tickets on recreation.gov, the time options listed will be for your hike time, which is the time you should pick up your tickets at the visitor center. Plan on 3-4 hours from that time, round trip.

Doing Business With The Park

Special Events and Permits

Some activities are allowed within the Monument but, by law, require a special use permit. This can include commercial photography (film or still), guided tours and other business operations, scientific research, running and bicycle races on Highway 92, weddings, and large group picnics or other gatherings in the Swinging Bridge picnic area.

Every situation is different, and doesn't need to be complicated or time consuming, but the permit process makes sure that park resources are protected and that the event doesn't unreasonably interfere with the enjoyment of the park by other visitors. See the links below for the most common permitting situations we encounter. For a Special Use Permit application, click here. If you have questions or if you are unsure if your event/ activity requires a permit, call the administration offices at (801) 756-5239.

Filming and Commercial Photography

Races, marathons, and organized bicycling events on State Route 92

Weddings and Large Group Events

Commercial Use Authorization (CUA)

Scientific Research and Collection (information) (permit)

The National Park Service cannot issue a permit if it would:

  • results in damage or injury to park resources;
  • be contrary to the purposes for which the natural, historic, development, and special use zones of the park were established or unreasonably impair the atmosphere of peace and tranquility maintained in those zones;
  • unreasonably interfere with interpretive, visitor service, or other program activities, or with the administrative activities of the National Park Service;
  • substantially impair the operation of public use facilities or services of the National Park Service concessioners or contractors;
  • result in significant conflict with other existing uses.

Did You Know?


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.