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Timpanogos Cave National Monument Tours, UT

Introduction to Caving Tour

Cave Tour
4 hr. 00 min.
Ticket Availability


Tour Description

NOTICE: The Introduction to Caving tour time you select begins at the visitor center, NOT at the cave entrance.

This tour requires special clothing and equipment. Call the visitor center for more information 801-756-5239 ext 205.

Access to Timpanogos Cave is by hiking only. The paved trail to the cave is a strenuous 1.5 miles one way with an elevation gain of approximately 1,100 vertical feet.

The ranger-led, 1.5 hour Introduction to Caving tour introduces visitors to caving. With a helmet and headlamp you are ready to experience Hansen Cave in its natural state. You'll scramble and sometimes even crawl on the trail leading to Hansen Cave Lake along the same route Martin Hansen conducted tours in the late 1800's while you learn all about caving safety and low-impact caving skills. This tour requires bending, climbing and is considered strenuous. Be prepared to get your clothes dirty and have fun!

The tour is limited to 5 people, age 14 and older, and requires advanced tickets.

Tour Details

  • Duration: 4 hr. 00 min.
  • Distance: 3 miles
  • Number of Steps: 10
  • Accessible: No
  • Effort: Strenuous

Know Before You Go

Due to the strenuous nature of the tour, participants must be in good physical condition.

The tour is limited to 5 people, age 14 or older and requires advance tickets.

What to Bring:

  • Clean gloves - rubber-dipped cloth or leather (NO suede)
  • Sturdy, closed-toed hiking shoes
  • Water for hiking
  • A light jacket or sweatshirt (cave temperature is 45°F , 7°C)
  • Long pants and long sleeved shirts. You will get dirty!

The monument will provide caving helmets and headlamps.

To help prevent the spread of White Nose Syndrome, a disease that is killing millions of bats in North America, the monument prohibits any boots, clothing and gear (including cameras) that have been in ANY other cave or mine at ANY time.

Interested in both tours?
Here's how to book your regular Cave Tour following your Introduction to Caving Tour.
Your introduction to Caving tour will conclude at 2:45 p.m. The 3:00 p.m or 3:15 p.m. regular Cave Tour would be a good option. This means you should purchase tickets for the 1:30 p.m. or 1:45 p.m. tour (hike time). You do not have to hike back down to the visitor center before this tour begins. You are already at the cave entrance.
If you have questions about this process, please call the visitor center.


Participants must be at least 14 years of age and in good physical condition.

The cave trail and caves are NOT wheelchair accessible.


Parking is available at the visitor center which is located in American Fork Canyon. Restrooms, bookstore, snack bar and gift shop are also found at the visitor center. Pick up your tickets inside the visitor center, at which time you will read and sign an accountability waiver and have your gear checked. Access the cave trailhead from the visitor center deck. A brief safety message will be given before beginning your hike to the caves.

Note: Some Tours may be available only from the Tour Park on a first-come-first-served basis. Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the Tour Park.
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