Nestled high among the cliffs of American Fork Canyon, a collection of ornately decorated caves are waiting to be explored — by you!
These caves, collectively known as Timpanogos Cave National Monument, are part of a mysterious underground world full of stunning rock waterfalls, lakes, crystals, and even the “heart” of an Indian princess. Bring a flashlight and discover for yourself the secrets buried deep within these mountains.
What You Need to Know
Timpanogos Cave National Monument is actually a series of 3 different caves connected by several tunnels — Hansen Cave, Middle Cave, and Timpanogos Cave. Here are a few things you need to know before you go:
- Tickets are REQUIRED to enter the caves and they get snatched up quick! I highly recommend reserving your spot several weeks in advance. Same day tickets are sometimes available but must be claimed first thing in the morning (around 7 a.m.). Click here to learn more about the ticketing process and to reserve your tickets.
- The caves are open seasonally, usually from May – October.
- Because of its steepness, strollers and wheelchairs are not allowed on the trail.
- Kid carriers and external frame backpacks are not allowed in the caves. There is a bear box near the cave entrance where you will be asked to leave your kid carrier for the duration of the tour. We found it difficult to carry our toddler through the caves, so if you have small kids I highly recommend having at least one adult per child so you can help and supervise them.
- The caves are a chilly 45 degrees year round, so even if it’s hot outside, be sure to bring a jacket for everyone.
- To prevent the spread of White Nose Syndrome (a disease that is killing millions of bats), please do not wear any clothing or bring in any gear that has previously been in another cave.
A 1.5 mile hike is required to reach the cave entrance.