Timpanogos Cave National Monument, American Fork

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Cave · Geologic Formation
Timpanogos Cave National Monument is a United States National Monument protecting the Timpanogos Cave Historic District and a

cave system on Mount Timpanogos in American Fork Canyon in the Wasatch Range, near Highland, Utah, in the United States. The site is managed by the National Park Service. The 1.5-mile (2.4 km) trail to the cave is steep, gaining close to 1,000 feet (300 m), but paved and fairly wide, making the caves accessible to most. The three caves of the system, one of which is specifically called Timpanogos Cave, are only viewable on guided tours when the monument is open, usually from May through September depending on snow conditions and funding. There is the standard tour going through the cave system, and an Introduction to Caving tour which teaches Leave No Trace caving and goes further into Hansen Cave.

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  • A fascinating and informative tour of Timpanogos Cave. The 1.5-mile hike to the cave entrance climbs 1100 feet on a paved path. Factor this in if you're considering taking children under 5 on the...  more »
  • Long long hike. Fun. Great weather. The cave was cool. 45 degrees. Coming down was easier than going up. Mask mandate on in a freezing cold place. Ugh. Girl guide was knowledgeable...  more »
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  • This place was really cool! Apparently it was recently renovated. The hike up to the cave is paved, but no joke. You can’t go up without tickets. We got tickets for the intro to caving which was in the non-paved section of the cave where we had to put on helmets and knee pads. It was a great experience and a nice taste of what it would be like. Next time I need to go through the normal section of the cave.
  • Excellent hike for families, even with smaller kiddos. Great facilities and guides, paved trail with benches to rest along the way. It's mostly shaded in the beginning and if you go earlier in the day. It's $12 admission per person. They only allow 16 people for each tour at the caves, so book ahead to make sure you get the time you prefer. Great views and not too steep. Bring at least 24 oz of water (32+ is better) and healthy snacks. A warm sweater or jacket is a must, especially for youngins. It's about 45° F inside the caves, and you spend about an hour learning about them and exploring the three main caves. Definitely recommend if you're in the area, want to see these beautiful mountains without a hike that's a killer. Take only photos and leave nothing but footprints! 😊
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