Last updated: February 24, 2015
TranscriptYour journey to the Timpanogos Cave system will be a wonderful adventure but can be dangerous. Rock fall is common along the trail to the cave. Rocks may fall from cliff faces high above or bounce down one of the many active chutes. Pay close attention to your surroundings at all times. To protect yourself from rock fall do not stop in areas along the trail that are marked with red lines. The red lines indicate active rock fall areas. Listen for rocks, if you hear rock fall move to safety along the inside of the trail, duck low, and cover your head.
The trail ascends over 1000 feet in elevation from the visitor center to the cave entrance. Numerous steep cliffs occur along the trail. By paying close attention to your surroundings, not running on the trail, and staying to the inside of the trail you will increase your safety and help to prevent from falling off the trail.
Hiking the steep cave trail in the hot sun is also something you should be aware of. Carry at least 32 ounces of water with you during your hike. Wear a hat and sunscreen and make frequent stops along the trail to cool off along the way.
Finally it is important to mention the diverse wildlife you may encounter along your hike. Great basin rattle snakes often travel along the trail. While they can be dangerous and will defend themselves the rattlesnakes prefer to simply get away. Do not provoke or harm these snakes. Back away slowly and give them their space so that they can continue to live in peace. Also, please notify a ranger of their location if you are lucky enough to spot them. Chipmunks, ground squirrels and rock squirrels inhabit the mountainside as well. Please do not feed or handle these animals as they do bite, hard. Rangers give comprehensive safety messages at the beginning of your hike and the end of your cave tour. It is important to listen to the ranger’s message and to follow their instructions. By being aware and following these guidelines your visit to Timpanogos Cave National Monument will be a safe and enjoyable experience.
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Watch this 2:12 minute video to learn more about the potential hazards while hiking to the caves. Prepare yourself to avoid or handle these situations safely.