Final day for cave tours is Sept 22. The caves and visitor center will be closed for the winter season beginning Sept 23. The park will re-open in the Spring.
Volunteers are a vital part of Timpanogos Cave National Monument. Volunteers have spent countless hours helping preserve Timpanogos Cave and the surrounding resources. There are many different ways people can help.
BATS - Behind A Tour Specialists are typically teens ages 14-18 whose primary responsibility is to follow the tours and help the rangers with whatever is needed. Typically the last one in the tour group, they keep an eye on visitors to see if assistance is needed and to ensure the cave is well protected.
Trail Patrol Volunteers - Adult volunteers help patrol the trail, assisting people as needed when they hike, being a uniformed presence on the trail, reminding about the rules if necessary, and being available to help a lost child or hiker in distress.
Other - Student interns work with every division in the park, depending on the student's area of focus. Volunteers also can help staff the information desk in the visitor center, work in a cave cleanup group, help out with bat surveys several nights throughout the summer, or assisting with re-vegetation projects. Help is always appreciated in shoveling snow off the trail to get Timpanogos Cave ready to open in the spring.
Youth groups are welcome to come and work on one-time projects, as well as projects for Boy Scout or Girl Scout advancement.
For information on volunteering in any division, call the Timpanogos Cave Volunteer Coordinator at (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.