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Timpanogos Cave National Monument To Open For Season On May 20

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The trail to the opening of Timpanogos Cave runs 1.5 miles and climbs more than 1,000 feet in elevation/NPS

Timpanogos Cave National Monument in Utah will begin its 95th season of cave tours on May 20, with tours expected to run through September 5.

The monument’s caves are open only to ranger-guided tours during the summer months since heavy winter snows cover the 1.5-mile trail that climbs about 1,100 feet from the floor of American Fork Canyon to the cave entrance.

This summer will see a new series of interpretive exhibits along the trail, featuring a “Walk Through Time” exploring the rock layers that reveal almost 600 million years of change through geologic time. Canyon plants, wildlife, history, and physical fitness tips for hikers will also be part of the new exhibits, generously donated to the park through a grant from Intermountain Healthcare to the Friends of Timpanogos Cave.

The new exhibits should be in place by mid- to late-June. The park had hoped to open a new visitor contact station early this summer, replacing the current visitor center trailer, but the project has been delayed at least another year by contracting and budget challenges.

Cave tours remain extremely popular, and frequently sell out well in advance, especially on weekends and holidays. The park strongly encourages visitors to plan in advance and buy tour tickets well in advance. Details about ticket purchases, tour schedules, and other programs are available on the park website.

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