National Public Lands Day and Cave Closing, 2009
Timpanogos Cave National Monument Superintendent Denis Davis announced that the Monument will be waiving fees for cave tours on Saturday, September 26, 2009 in recognition of National Public Lands Day. The National Park Service will join other Department of the Interior bureaus and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service in waiving all entrance or standard amenity fees on September 26.
“We are delighted to offer this wonderful opportunity for the community to visit the caves without the cave tour fee,” said Superintendent Davis. “We appreciate our great community support and want to say thank you for another great season at the monument. This free day is a perfect time to visit the American Fork Canyon in the fall and enjoy the scenery above and below ground.”
With the crisp of fall in the air, the Monument’s closing schedule has been released to help visitors plan a final trip to the caves this season. According to Superintendent Davis, “Visiting in the fall is wonderful idea; the temperatures are cooler, the crowds have thinned and fall colors have started to make their appearance.” Cave tours and advance tickets will be available daily through October 4th. Following October 4th, tickets will be available on a first-come, first served basis for cave tours on the weekends of October 10-11 and 17-18, 2009. The caves will close for the season on October 19, 2009.
Cave tours are limited to 20 participants per tour. Tours will be offered every 15-20 minutes throughout the day, with the first tour hike time at 8:00 a.m. and the last hike time at 3:30 p.m. We encourage visitors to arrive early to get their tickets, as a limited amount of cave tour tickets are available.
Hiking the 1 ½ miles to the cave is considered moderately strenuous, gaining over 1,000 feet in elevation. The cave tour and hike to and from the caves takes approximately three hours. The cave temperature is a cool 45 degrees Fahrenheit; light jackets, plenty of drinking water and sturdy walking shoes are recommended.
For more information about Timpanogos Cave National Monument and National Public Lands Day please call 801-756-5238 or 801-756-5239.
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.