Timpanogos Cave National Monument, American Fork

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  • This was a great national monument. We took a wonderful hike and guided cave tour. It's important to get there as early as you can so you can get a tour booked. The day we were there, all the tours ev...  more »
  • Timp cave is a fun place to visit especially on a warm day. The hike up takes almost an hour, but it is on a paved path. Once inside there are really cool formations.  more »
  • Steep, short hike (paved), up to a great tour of an interesting cave system. Certainly worth going at least once, can be hard for old/unhealthy/young, due to the steep nature of the hike up. Switchbac...  more »
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  • I've been here several times and always enjoy it. At the ranger station they have interesting displays plus information they can share with you about the caves and others like it. The hike up to the caves themselves is not too difficult because it's on a paved path although the path is steep in places. They do have benches along the way to stop and catch your breath.
  • Timpanogos Cave NM has two challenges: First, this park is only open during the summer, from May through September. Because of this time restriction to take a ranger guided tour, they fill quickly. Reservations are highly recommended, and can be obtained up to 30 days in advance. There is no fee to enter the park and visitor center, but there is an $8.00 fee (adults/ $6.00 children) to take a guided cave tour. Tours last 55 minutes. The tours are not stroller/handicap accessible. That brings challenge two (for some). From the visitor center to the cave requires a 1.5 mile hike up a paved but very steep trail (elevation gain of 1,092 ft) to an elevation of 6,730 above sea level. Though most people take only the 45 minutes allotted (according to ticket start times), some may need more time, just ask. There are plenty of benches along the way, and when I did this hike, I kind of leapfrogged others from bench to bench. And be aware that summer temperatures can reach 100 degrees F (55 degrees in cave, yes!) along this strenuous trail. But it is well worth your effort. The Timpanogos Caves are probably some of the best in the US. Whether this is your first cave experience or another knocked off your bucket list, Timpanogos (located in the Wasatch Mtns) should be a destination park. It is simply beautiful here.
  • Highly decorated cave on par with the best caves in the United States. Open to the public only through led tours. It's a moderately short (under a mile) but very steep hike to cave entrance. If you aren't flexible on tour time make sure to get tickets in advance, especially on busy weekends.
  • The hike to the cave it is challenging if you aren't someone who walks much. We were lucky to have a 2 and 1 Tour; the cave is amazing and the staff will give you some cool inside. I will recommend to mom and dad and kids day tour and also for a fun Saturday morning hike date. Was this Helpful? 🐴
  • Literally and figuratively a cool trip. The cave is damp and cool year round. Our tour guide was fantastic and humorous. The hike from the base to the cave entrance is a strenuous climb and should be serious considered for the more frail. It is both steep and winds along the side of a cliff. It does not appear unsafe, but if you don't like heights you may not enjoy. We went as a work team and had a ball, and would recommend it.

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