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

    Timpanogos Cave

    National Monument Utah

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  • 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.

Ranger Programs

Ranger programs are a great way to expand your exploration of Timpanogos Cave National Monument and American Fork Canyon. Spend a few minutes or a few hours with us as we share information, stories, and our own discoveries. A variety of interpretive ranger programs are offered during the summer months (May through September). There's something for everyone.
 
Delicate formations inside Chimes Chamber captivate a family on a ranger-led cave tour.

Delicate formations inside Chimes Chamber captivate a family on a ranger-led cave tour.

Courtesy of Utah Valley CVB

Cave Tours
When: Daily
Duration: 3 to 3 1/2 hours round trip from visitor center
Explore a world underground, deep inside the mountain, along the 1/3-mile (1,800 feet), ranger led cave tour. Highly decorated caves with gravity defying helictites, fragile anthodite crystals and flowing cave drapery are among the many formations that adorn the caves and winding passages. These unique formations and the fascinating human history are a few of the things that make the caves such a special place. Before you begin your hike to the caves, be sure to buy your tickets at the visitor center. Click here for detailed information on cave tours.

 
Throughout the season, guest speakers bring live animals. Attend "Birds of Prey" and meet our feathered friends!

Throughout the season, guest speakers bring live animals. Attend "Birds of Prey" and meet our feathered friends!

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Evening Programs
When: Friday and Saturday evenings, Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Where: Visitor Center (unless noted)
Duration: 1 hour
Time: 7:00 pm
Join a park ranger or guest speaker for an in-depth look at some of the compelling stories and interesting resources at Timpanogos Cave National Monument and American Fork Canyon. From snakes to birds of prey, from fire ecology to campfire sing-a-longs, there is something for everyone, at any age.

Check the schedule of events for details.

 
Ranger Roberta leads a Junior Ranger program on ants.

Ranger Roberta leads a Junior Ranger program on ants.

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Junior Ranger Programs
When: Saturday mornings and holidays. Memorial Day through Labor Day
Where: Visitor Center
Duration: 1/2 - 1 hour
Time: 10:00 am
Presented by park rangers or guest speakers on the visitor center patio, these programs cover a variety of interesting topics for kids of all ages. Children may become a "Junior Ranger" at anytime by participating in the program and earning a Junior Ranger badge or patch and certificate. Junior Ranger booklets are available at the visitor center.

Check the schedule of events for details.

 
As you explore Hansen Cave, rope rigging helps you navigate a steep slide.

As you explore Hansen Cave, rope rigging helps you navigate a steep slide.

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Introduction to Caving Tour
When: Contact a ranger at the visitor center for days and times (Memorial Day through Labor Day)
Duration: ~3 1/2 - 4 hours round trip from visitor center
Learn about caving and caving ethics as you hike off the paved trail on this special cave tour to Hansen Cave Lake. The tour is limited to five people, age 14 years and older and requires special equipment and clothing. Advance tickets are required. Click here for detailed information on the Introduction to Caving Tour.

 
Please contact the Visitor Center at (801) 756-5238 with any programming questions or to confirm program topics.

Did You Know?

drapery cave formation

Cave Draperies, or Cave Bacon, form as calcite rich water trickles down an inclined bedrock surface. Over thousands of years a thin line of calcite builds up along the wall as water follows this same path over and over. These formations appear in caves in all different shapes, sizes and colors.