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Minnetonka Cave, Saint Charles

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Minnetonka Cave is one of the larger limestone caves in the state of Idaho. It is located in Cache National Forest in Bear Lake County, Idaho, United States, above the village of St. Charles (located at the north end of Bear Lake). Tours through the cave are offered from Memorial Day (weather permitting) through Labor Day by Scenic Canyons Recreational Services, the concessionaire that holds the special use permit from the United States Forest Service. The half-mile route through the cave is lined with stalactites and stalagmites.The cave is a hibernaculum to five different species of bats. One species, the Townsend's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii), while not on the endangered species list is on the lists of both the State of Idaho and the Forest Service as a species of concern.
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  • Our family has been through this cave enough times that I have all the answers to the guide's questions memorized. It is beautiful! So many pretty formations. Definitely worth it. Tips: during the sum...  more »
  • We were staying at Bear Lake and decided to take some time to visit Minnetonka cave while we were there. My advise is to plan ahead for this adventure. It seems to be a popular destination and they on...  more »
  • We loved this place. I almost hate to review it and keep it as a secret. The hike was easy if you would even count it as a hike. The formations were awesome. Stairway to heaven was a bit hard for a fe...  more »
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  • Incredible! I'm not sure what is more amazing, the cave itself or the unbelievable workmanship of years ago to build walkways and stairs by hand and make this cave accessible for the rest of us. I loved the history that was shared by our young, excellent guide. Here's your free tip: it's really cool down there, even in the heat of summer. Wear pants and at least a sweatshirt. Gloves are nice too with all the cold wet handrails. This place is awesome and worth the wait. Get there early.
  • It was a really cool thing to see, and it wasn't an all day thing to go and do. The guides did a very good job too. I wasn't initially excited that they charged to do it (and that they didn't accept cards) but after seeing everything they did with the lights and other costs it makes sense. The experience was definitely worthwhile.
  • Very cool cave next to bear lake. It goes very deep and has a lot of cool formations. Be sure to bring a jacket. It's very cold inside. Also be prepared to walk a lot of stairs. I mean a lot. It's totally worth it though. At the end, they turn all the lights off and you get to experience total darkness. Very cool.
  • It's a fun and close Family outing with Raspberry shakes close by.
  • Fun place to visit with friends or family, sometimes the tour guides can be a bit quirky. Can get chilly inside the cave so consider bringing a light jacket or sweater.