What You Need to Know Before You Go
Exploring the Caves
There are five caves you can explore within the Monument. Four of these caves can be found along our Caves Trail, the other is located on the Broken Top Loop Trail. All other caves found in the monument are not open to visitation in order to help protect our bat populations.
1.6 mi / 2.6 km
Trail to cave entrances is paved; trails into and through the caves are rough and rocky with uneven natural lava surfaces and loose materials on the path. Collapses require bouldering ability to traverse over.
You can access 4 caves along this trail:
Broken Top Loop Trail
1.8 mi/3 km
Trail to cave is comprised of uneven natural lava surfaces, loosely compacted cinders, and loose lava rock.
You can access one cave on this trail:
More information about our cavesYou can pick up a Cave Trail Guide near the head of the Caves Trail that provides detailed information on Indian Tunnel, Dew Drop, Beauty, and Boy Scout Caves. There are also Broken Top Loop trail guides to be found at the head of the Broken Top Loop trail that provide information on Buffalo Cave.
For more information about caves as a natural resource, click here to read more.
Last updated: March 28, 2018