Timpanogos Cave
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: 3 miles round trip
  • Travel Time: 3 hours round trip
  • Elevation: 1065 feet gain to 6730 ft
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Timpanogos Cave National Monument is a couple miles up American Fork Canyon.  To get there take state road 92 east from I-15.  There is a $6 fee to drive up the canyon.  It is free to hike up the trail, but if you want to take the cave tour you'll have to pay a fee. Adults (age 16 and older) - $7, Junior (age 6-15) - $5, Child (age 3-5) - $3, Infant (age 0-2) - Free! Senior/Access (Golden Age/Access) pass holders - 1/2 price. The cave is closed during the winter.  It usually opens in mid May and closes in October or November, depending on the weather.  During the winter and spring, the cave fills with water as the water table rises.

The trail is all paved, but fairly steep going up the south side of the canyon.  During the summer, it can reach temperatures of 100 degrees or more, so the best times to hike are in the morning.  There are a number of switchbacks going up the trail.  About 1/2 a mile before the top, the trail forks.  To get to the entrance of the cave take the right fork.  The left fork leads to the cave's exit.

The cave averages 45 degrees, so it is advisable to bring a sweater or light jacket with you.  Inside the cave, the tour's path doesn't get very tight.  There are a number of stairs and railings to hold onto.

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