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Explore the Mysteries of Timpanogos Cave National Monument on Your Next Utah Camping Trip
Timpanogos Cave National Monument is located in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. This monument is centered around a beautiful cave system along with some great hiking trails, wonderful picnic spots and wildlife. The monument is only 250 acres but it makes up for it in elevation by gaining over 1,000 feet as you hike up to the cave entrance. Helicites and anthodites are only a couple of the many beautiful formations you’ll find beneath the ground. Three wonderfully decorated caverns make up this cave formation and tours through it are amazing, making this a terrific Utah camping destination!
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Timpanogos Cave National Monument is only open in the summer and fall seasons. To get to the monument you must enter American Fork Canyon and there are entrance fees. $6 purchases a pass that is valid for 3 days while 7 day passes costs $12. An annual pass is $45. An inter-agency annual pass that grants access to most national parks costs $80. The cave tours cost $7 for everyone 16 and older, $5 for children 6-15 and $3 for ages 3-5 while infants under 2 are free. Cave tours can easily sell out, so we suggest you reserve a spot ahead of time if possible. You can book your tour up to 30 days ahead of time. An introductory to caving tour is given Memorial Day through Labor Day and costs $15 per person. This is a more adventurous cave tour that is meant to introduce you to the sport of caving. There is a strenuous 1 ½ mile hike on a paved trail to reach the entrance of the cave, so no strollers or wheeled vehicles are allowed. The temperature within the cave is 45 degrees so be sure to bring a light jacket regardless of whether or not it is hot out. Summers tend to be warm with highs in the 90’s. Afternoon thunderstorms are common. In early spring, snow can still be found on the ground, although it is getting warmer.
While Timpanogos Cave National Monument is a great place for a picnic or a hike, it is best known for its beautiful cave system. Three gorgeous caves are waiting to be explored with helicites and anthodites being only a couple of the many formations you’ll find within. The caves can only be explored on a guided tour and tours are 45-60 minutes long. Keep in mind that the total trip is closer to 3 hours with the 1.5 mile hike to and from the cave entrance. The dark, beautiful and cold caves are rich with geological history and are filled with interesting formations and colors. Evening programs are offered in the summer and are wonderfully informational. These beautiful and unique caverns make Timpanogos Cave National Monument a terrific Utah camping stop.
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