Trip Planner:   USA  /  Idaho  /  Saint Charles  /  Nature  /  Minnetonka Cave
Minnetonka Cave, Saint Charles
(4.5/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web)
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.
Plan to visit Minnetonka Cave during your Saint Charles vacation using our convenient Saint Charles travel itinerary maker.
Source
Create a full Saint Charles itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Saint Charles

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Idaho by other users

17 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Twin Falls BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 32 days in Wyoming, Montana & Idaho BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in California & Idaho BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in United States BY A USER FROM GERMANY July, kids, outdoors, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Idaho BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Idaho Falls BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, kids, relaxing, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, kids, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 30 days in Zion National Park & Boise BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in United States, Edmonton & Vancouver BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE April, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in United States, Edmonton & Vancouver BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE April, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Do you hate light? Do you love stiff air? Do you love hanging out with bats and thousand-year-old formations? Are you interested in testing the limits of your claustrophobia? Well, then Minnetonka Cav...  more »
  • This is an area that does not have a lot of traffic. Because of this you are able to totally enjoy the beauty of the cave. You are NOT rushed through so the next group can come through. It is worth th...  more »
  • St. Charles, ID is a little place along Bear Lake, where one can take a turn-off to Minnetonka Caves, about a ten-mile drive. Yes, it's a bit windy as it the road wends its way up a rocky hillside to ...  more »
Google
  • Costs $8 per person to get in. You get a tour guide and a group of about 30 people. According to the guide the cave is about 1 mile long but sadly you only get to see half of it. They turn you around and walk you out the way you came which is awkward since you have to interrupt other tours to squeeze by. My main problem with this location is that the guides don't seem to have any training. It feels like they recruited a local high school kid to walk you through and tell you some really basic history and then spend a magority of time teaching you the nicknames they have given to the cave formations. Nicknames like "popcorn" and "cave bacon" (a repugnant name for a truly beautiful and delicate ribbon - like formation). This is fine but there is no followup with true names or scientific anecdotes so when it's over I'm feeling empty inside. The cave is great, the tour on the other hand is severely lacking. Also, this cave needs to be fully developed. This is a grievance I will take up with the forest service though. Cave tours are run by a private company.
  • Pretty awesome experience to go deep into the cave and learn about the history of the first explorers to the cave. Guided tours that have specific times and the unfortunate reason as to why it is 4 instead of 5 stars is they only accept cash or check, a bit annoying. Great formations inside the cave, a bit on the cooler (temp) side as expected. Overall a cool experience.
  • Dj was a great guide and it was a neat tour. They should add a room were they turn off the lights and turn on blacklights. $8 a tour. 30 in a group. No credit cards so cash or check only
  • This place was super cool. It's like 8 bucks a head, but it's a gridded tour and the caves are pretty neat
  • This is a fun cave to check out while a Bear Lake. It does have over 400 stairs which you end up doing twice since you come out the way to go in. My four year old daughter enjoyed it.