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Timpanogos Cave National Monument Tours, UT

Cave Tour

Cave Tour
3 hr. 30 min.
Ticket Availability


Tour Description

NOTICE: The Cave Tour Time you select begins at the visitor center, NOT at the cave entrance.

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.
After completing the hike, visitors will experience all three caves while walking on a paved, lighted route with a park ranger. Touring the cool, wet caves requires some bending, crouching and stairs. The caves are 45°F, 7°C. It is very common for these tours to sell out daily during the summer season.

Tour Details

  • Duration: 3 hr. 30 min.
  • Distance: 3.5 miles
  • Number of Steps: 100
  • Accessible: No
  • Effort: Strenuous

Know Before You Go

  • Thinking about bringing small children?
    While we welcome children of all ages, is it a good idea? The hike to the cave is steep, frequently hot, and strollers are not allowed. The caves are cold (45° F, 7° C) and dark, and touching in this delicate environment is not allowed. Will your child enjoy this and, if not, will this affect you and others on your tour? Please keep this in mind as you plan.
  • Pick up reserved tickets at the visitor center 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time.
  • Bring plenty of water. At least 1 liter per person is recommended. Temperatures on the cave trail often exceed 100° F, 38° C on summer afternoons.
  • The cave temperature is 45° F, 7° C. A light jacket or sweatshirt and sturdy shoes are recommended.
  • Strollers and other wheeled vehicles (including wheelchairs) are not allowed on the cave trail or in the caves.
  • Baby backpacks are permitted on the trail but not in the caves. Small backpacks and fanny packs are permitted in the caves.
  • Pets are prohibited on the cave trail and in the caves. Service animals are allowed.
  • Food, drink, candy, tobacco and gum are not permitted in the caves.
  • Flash photography is allowed, but tripods and monopods are not.
  • Hiking poles and walking sticks are not permitted in the caves unless needed for mobility.
  • To help prevent the spread of White Nose Syndrome, a disease that is killing millions of bats in North American, the monument prohibits the use of any footwear, clothing and gear (including cameras) that have been in ANY other cave or mine at ANY time.
  • PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT. There are no trash cans along the cave trail or at the caves.

  • Accessibility

    Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult on the cave trail and in the caves.

    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. Access 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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