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. Your tour begins and ends at the visitor center.
Located high on the steep rocky slopes of American Fork Canyon in the shadow of Mt. Timpanogos in Utah's Wasatch Range are three limestone caves: Hansen Cave, Middle Cave and Timpanogos Cave. These exquisite caverns are decorated with an elaborate display of helictites, anthodites and other formations in a variety of colors. Timpanogos Cave National Monument preserves these caves and their fragile underground wonders for you and for future generations to enjoy.
Explore an underground world: Taste the thrill of caving as you twist and bend to enter beautifully decorated rooms. Learn the science behind formations and hear fascinating stories of discovery as you journey through natural passageways.
Know Before You Go:2014 Visitor Center Hours:
|May 17 - September 1
||7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
|September 2 - 28
||8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Accessible: Cave trail and caves are NOT wheelchair accessible.
- Pick up reserved tickets at the visitor center 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. Late arrival may result in forfeiting your tour. No refunds for late arrivals.
- Timpanogos Cave may only be entered with a ranger led tour. Cave tours are offered daily throughout the summer season and purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended.
- Cave tours are limited to 16 people per tour. Cave tours often sell out especially on holidays and weekends. Tickets for cave tours can be purchased up to 30 days in advance.
- TAKE WATER. At least 1 liter per person is recommended. Afternoon temperatures can reach over 100 degrees during hot summer months.
- The cave temperature is 45° F , 7° C,. A light jacket 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 or 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 America, the monument prohibits the use of any footwear, clothing or gear (including cameras) that has been in ANY other cave or mine at ANY time.
Timpanogos Cave National Monument is located in the Wasatch Mountains in northern Utah, approximately 40 miles south of Salt Lake City.
The closest major airport is Salt Lake City International Airport, 45 minutes away by automobile.
From Park City: Take I-80 West for 21 miles to Salt Lake City. Take I-15 South for 20.6 miles to Exit 284. Take UT-92 East for 10 miles to Timpanogos Cave National Monument
From Heber: Take US-189 South for 21.4 miles to the mouth of Provo Canyon. Turn right onto UT-52 for 2.4 miles to US-89. Turn right onto US-89 north for 3.8 miles to Pleasant Grove. Veer right onto UT-146 for 5.2 miles to the mouth of American Fork Canyon. Merge onto UT-92 going east for 2.4 miles to Timpanogos Cave National Monument.
From Salt Lake City: Take I-15 South to Exit 284. Take UT-92 East for 10 miles to Timpanogos Cave National Monument.
From Provo/Orem: Take I-15 North to Exit 284. Take UT-92 East for 10 miles to Timpanogos Cave National Monument.
It is not recommended to rely on your GPS system for accurate directions. If you have questions please call the visitor center at (801) 756-5238.
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