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

    Timpanogos Cave

    National Monument Utah

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  • Seasonal Closure

    2014 Season: The caves and visitor center will be closed for the winter until May 5. The visitor center will be open on May 5, and the cave will open for tours May 10.

Introduction to Caving Tour

Your tour begins with a scramble over breakdown towards an unlit section of  Hansen Cave. (top photo) As you explore further, rope rigging helps you navigate a steep slide. (middle photo) Your journey ends at an overlook of Hansen Cave Lake.  This close up photo shows the captivating effect a single drop of water can cause on the still lake's surface. (bottom photo)

Your tour begins with a scramble over breakdown through an unlit section of  Hansen Cave. (top) As you explore further, a rope helps you navigate a steep slide. (middle) Your journey ends at an overlook of Hansen Cave Lake.  This close-up photo shows the captivating effect a single drop of water.

Top photo-NPS, Andrew Simister
Middle photo-NPS
Bottom photo-NPS

Ever wondered what it's like in the caves away from the developed trails and cave lights?

Or what it's like to be a caver?

With a helmet and headlamp you are ready to experience Hansen Cave in its natural state. With a ranger, you'll scramble and sometimes even crawl on the trail leading to Hansen Cave Lake, along the same route Martin Hansen conducted tours in the late 1800s. You'll learn all about the caving safely and low-impact caving skills. The tour lasts approximately 1 ½ hours and is considered strenuous.

Be prepared to get your clothes dirty and have fun!

Tour Information

  • Due to the strenuous nature of the tour, participants must be in good physical condition.
  • Minimum age: 14 years old
  • Limited to no more than 5 people
  • Price: $15.00 per person
  • Length of tour: approximately 1 ½ hours (3 ½ - 4 hours round trip from the visitor center)
  • Advance tickets required. Please call the visitor center at 801-756-5238 to check availability of Introduction to Caving Tours and to schedule your tour.
  • Tours given Memorial Day through Labor Day.

What to Bring

  • Clean gloves (rubber-dipped cloth or leather (not suede))
  • Good hiking shoes
  • Drinking water and a sweatshirt or jacket (cave temperature is approximately 45°F)
  • Wear long pants and long sleeves (you will get dirty)
    • To help prevent the spread of White Nose Syndrome, a disease that is killing millions of bats in North America, the monument prohibits any boots, clothing or gear (including cameras) that have been in ANY other cave or mine at ANY time.
  • The monument will provide caving helmets and head lamps

Learn More about Caving

  • Research the show caves in your area - some offer "off-trail tours.
  • Join a Grotto! Grottos are local caving clubs registered through the National Speleological Society (NSS). Grottos organize caving trips for their members. For more information and to find the nearest grotto to you visit the NSS web site at www.caves.org.

Did You Know?

snow on cave trail

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.