Things To Know Before You Come
Top Ten Tips to make your visit to Timpanogos Cave National Monument more enjoyable:
10. Timpanogos Caves may only be entered with a ranger on a guided tour. Cave tours are offered daily throughout the summer season and tickets must be purchased at the visitor center.
9. Cave tours are 45-60 minutes long and are limited to 16 persons per tour. Cave tours often sell out especially on holidays and weekends. Tickets for the cave tour can be purchased up to 30 days in advance by telephone. Advanced tickets are strongly recommended. See Fees and Reservations for more information.
8. To help prevent the spread of White Nose Syndrome, a disease that is killing hundreds of thousands 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.
7. The cave temperature is 45 degrees Fahrenheit. A light jacket and closed-toe walking shoes are recommended.
6. Access to the caves requires hiking a 1 1/2 mile paved trail. Because of the steepness and incline of the cave trail, strollers and other wheeled vehicles (including wheelchairs) are not allowed. A video of the cave tour is available at the visitor for those unable to make the climb. Visitors may bring a baby backpack for hiking to the caves with their infants, but they will be asked to leave the baby pack outside while they tour the caves with infants in a soft carrier worn on the the front or with infants in arms. Visitors with large backpacks will also be asked to leave their backpacks outside while they tour the caves. Small backpacks and fanny packs may be carried through the caves after being switched to the front.
5. Take plenty of drinking water with you on the hike to the caves. Temperatures can reach over 100 degrees during the hot summer months.
4. No pets are allowed on the cave trail or in the caves. Service animals are allowed on the cave trail and in the caves with proper documentation.
3. No food, drink (except water), candy, tobacco or gum is allowed in the cave. Flash photography is allowed, but tripods and monopods are not.
2. No hiking sticks are allowed in the caves. Visitors will be asked to leave their hiking sticks outside while they tour the caves. Collapsible hiking sticks may be carried through the caves if they are fully collapsed. Canes are allowed.
1. There are no restrooms inside of the caves. Visitors are encouraged to use the last chance restrooms outside of the Hansen Cave entrance before taking their tour.
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.