National Public Lands Day
Timpanogos Cave National Monument Superintendent Denis Davis announced that the Monument will be waiving fees for cave tours on Saturday, September 27, 2008 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 27. For the first time in the Monument’s history, cave tour fees (which are expanded amenity fees) will be waived.
“We are very excited 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 canyon in the fall and see the scenery above and below ground.”
Cave tours are limited to 20 participants per tour and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tours will be offered every 15-20 minutes throughout the day on September 27, 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 cave tours fill up quickly and a limited amount of cave tour tickets will be 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?
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.