10 tips for traversing Timpanogos Cave

National Park rangers teach visitors about the different mineral formations inside the Timpanogos Cave.  (Photo courtesy of UVCB-NPS)

National Park rangers teach visitors about the different mineral formations inside the Timpanogos Cave.
(Photo courtesy of UVCB-NPS)

It’s time to cave in and go visit one of Utah County’s most popular tourist spots. During the 55-minute tour of the Timpanogos Cave, you’ll finally learn the difference between stalactites and stalagmites. Here’s what you need to know before you go:

1. Beat the rush

Tours sell out quickly, especially on weekends and holidays. You can purchase tickets up to 30 days in advance by calling (801) 756-5238. Same-day tickets are available at the visitor center, but tickets cannot be purchased at the cave entrance.

2. Dress the part

Even on the hottest of days, the cave maintains a 45-degree temperature so wear a light jacket and sturdy, closed-toe shoes.

3. Store your stuff

Visitors are not allowed to bring backpacks, walking sticks or food and drinks (except water) into the cave. Small carriers or fanny packs may be worn inside the cave as long as they are switched to the front.

4. Plan your time

Cave tours can accommodate 20 individuals. Tours are offered every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Plan on spending approximately three hours for the round-trip hike and cave tour.

5. Wheels prohibited

Wheelchairs, strollers and other wheeled vehicles are not permitted. Infants may be carried in a front pack. A video presentation is available for guests who cannot hike the trail to the cave.

6. Use the loo

Use the restroom before you begin the hike. There are not any bathrooms at the cave entrance.

7. Stay hydrated

The hike to the cave is 1 ½ miles long, so pack plenty of water.

8. Switch up your cave wardrobe

In order to stop the spread of white-nose syndrome, do not wear clothing or shoes that have been worn in other caves.

9. No pets

Pets are not allowed. If you have a service animal, you are required to show the proper documentation before entering the cave.

10. Snap shots 

Photography is welcome, but visitors are not allowed to use tripods.



Kylee Norton studied English literature at Utah State University. While completing her master's degree, she taught freshmen and sophomore English courses. Since graduating, she has worked as an editorial intern in Los Angeles, a copy writer, and an associate editor for Bennett Communications. She can usually be found with her nose in a book or making adventurous travel plans. She currently lives in Riverton with her husband and daughter.

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