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Timpanogos Cave National Monument sits high in the Wasatch Mountains. The cave system consists of three spectacularly decorated caverns. Each cavern has unique colors and formations. Helictites and anthodites are just a few of the many dazzling formations to be found in the many chambers. As visitors climb to the cave entrance, on a hike gaining over 1,000 feet in elevation, they are offered incredible views of American Fork Canyon.



Email - TICA_Ranger Activities@nps.gov

Fax- 801-756-5661

Write to
R.R. 3, Box 200
American Fork, UT 84003-9803

Headquarters - 801-756-5239
Visitor Information - 801-756-5238


Operating Hours, Seasons
The cave and cave trail are open from early May to late October, weather permitting. The Visitor Center is open daily, during the cave tour season, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. After September 9, 2001 the Visitor Center hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. until October 28, 2001. During the Olympics (February 1 - February 24) the visitor center will be open daily from 8:30 - 5:00. After February 24th the visitor center will be closed for the season and will reopen in May 2002.

Getting There
PLANE - The closest major airport is Salt Lake City International Airport, and is 45 minutes away by automobile.

CAR - From I-15: If you are arriving from the north or south on Interstate 15 take Exit 287 (Alpine-Highland exit), then turn east on State Highway 92 and proceed ten miles (16km) to the monument. From U.S. 40 or U.S. 189: If you are arriving from Heber City or Provo Canyon traveling on U.S. 40 or U.S. 189, take State Highway 92, passing by Sundance Resort and over the mountainous scenic route known as the Alpine Scenic Loop. Because of the narrow and winding road, buses and large vehicles over thirty feet are not allowed to travel on the Alpine Scenic Loop. The Alpine Scenic Loop is closed during the winter.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - There is no public transportation to or in the monument.

Weather & Climate
Ranging from 5,500 to 6,700 feet in elevation, summer days are warm (80's to upper 90's) and nights are moderate (50's). Afternoon thundershowers are common during mid-to-late summer. Spring and fall are milder with highs generally in the 60's and 70's. Daytime winter highs average less than 50 degrees. Snowfall is usually moderate with frequent thaws. The caves are 45 degrees (eight degrees Celsius), 100 % humidity year round, a jacket or sweatshirt and suitable walking shoes are recommended.

The visitor center, snack bar/gift shop, restrooms, picnic areas, and drinking fountains are wheelchair accessible. Because of the steep incline of the cave trail and the narrow passages in the caves, wheelchair access to the caves is not possible. However, a 45 minute video of an actual cave tour is shown upon request at the visitor center. A 22-minute closed-captioned orientation video is also shown in the visitor center.

Getting Around
Utah Highway 92 runs east and west through the monument. Personal vehicles, bicycles, walking and hiking are means of transportation at the monument.


There are no campgrounds located in the monument.
There are several campgrounds in the adjacent Uinta National Forest. For more information, contact the Forest Service at 801-377-5780.


There are many lodging facilities located throughout the local communities.


Visitor Centers
Phone - 801-756-5238
Location - The visitor center is located on Highway 92 just 10 miles from Interstate 15(2.2 miles from the mouth of American Fork Canyon) and 17.2 miles from U.S. 189.
Closures - Cave tours are only available early May through the end of October.
Special Programs - The monument offers a variety of ranger-guided programs at no charge. These include guided walks, talks, and evening programs at the visitor center and in the surrounding area. Winter programs are held every other Monday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the visitor center, beginning January 2002.Call the visitor center, 801-756-5238, for a list of programs or more information.
Exhibits - The visitor center offers historic and geologic displays, a hands-on display for children, a 22-minute orientation video, and a 45 minute actual cave tour video. During November through April, a photographic exhibit about the history of the cave trail is on display.
Available Facilities - Visitor Center: Rangers are on duty to answer questions and provide information including travel and trail information, road conditions, weather updates and to sell cave tour tickets (during cave tour season). A variety of books, posters and maps are available for purchase. Restrooms, drinking fountain, and pay phones are available. Snack Bar and Gift Shop (Concessions): Open mid-May through early November (same as cave season), it is located west of the visitor center. Food, beverages, film, sweatshirts, and souvenirs are available. Call 801-756-5702 for more information. Picnic Area and Nature Trail: The Swinging Bridge Picnic Area is 1/4 mile west of the visitor center. There are picnic tables, fire grills, water and restrooms available. A small picnic area is also located directly across from the visitor center. The Canyon Nature Trail is located across from the visitor center. Brochures in English and Spanish are available for the self-guided, 1/4 mile nature walk.

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These outdoors activities are available near Timpanogos Cave National Monument.
 Campgrounds Near Timpanogos Cave National Monument:
South Cascade Springs Dispersed, American Fork, 2 miles away
Mount Timpanogos Campground, Utah County, 2 miles away
Mt Timpanogos, American Fork, 2 miles away
Big Tree Campground, Utah County, 2 miles away
Theater in the Pines Group, American Fork, 3 miles away
Lame Horse Campground, Utah County, 3 miles away
Summit Campground, Utah County, 3 miles away
 Marinas Near Timpanogos Cave National Monument:
Deer Creek Island Resort, Heber City , 6 miles away
 Hotels Near Timpanogos Cave National Monument:
Homestead Resort, Midway , 8 miles away
Zermatt Utah, Midway , 8 miles away
Alta Lodge, Alta , 10 miles away
Shore Cliff Hotel, Pismo Beach , 10 miles away
Residence Inn Provo, Provo , 10 miles away
Super 8 Provo BYU Orem, Provo , 11 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Provo River, Provo , 11 miles away
 Trails Near Timpanogos Cave National Monument:
Mount Timpanogos Trail, Utah County , 3 miles away
Indian Trail, Utah County , 7 miles away
Lake Desolation Trail, Salt Lake County , 13 miles away
The Sheep Trail, Salt Lake County , 19 miles away
 Ski Areas Near Timpanogos Cave National Monument:
Sundance, Utah , 2 miles away, 2150 foot drop, 3 lifts, 41 runs
Brighton, Utah , 9 miles away, 1745 foot drop, 6 lifts, 66 runs
Alta, Utah , 10 miles away, 2020 foot drop, 12 lifts, 54 runs
Solitude, Utah , 11 miles away, 2047 foot drop, 8 lifts, 65 runs
Snowbird, Utah , 11 miles away, 3240 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Deer Valley, Utah , 12 miles away, 3000 foot drop, 22 lifts, 99 runs
Park City Mountain Resort, Utah , 13 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
The Canyons, Utah , 14 miles away, 3190 foot drop, 19 lifts, 167 runs
Snowbasin, Utah , 46 miles away, 2959 foot drop, 12 lifts, 113 runs
Wolf Mountain, Utah , 51 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 2 lifts, 16 runs
 Whitewater Near Timpanogos Cave National Monument:
Provo River, Wasatch Utah County , 3 miles away, Class I-IV - 17.5 miles long (Deer Creek Reservoir to Utah Lake)
Whitewater Outfitter - High Country Rafting, Utah County , 5 miles away, Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Dinosaur Expeditions, Summit County , 13 miles away, Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Park City Rafting, Summit County , 13 miles away, Whitewater outfitter
Big Cottonwood Creek, Morgan Salt Lake County , 16 miles away, Class I-IV - 8.5 miles long (Old Mill to 3900 South)
 Public Lands Near Timpanogos Cave National Monument:
California National Historic Trail, CA , 29 miles away
Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail, UT , 29 miles away
Oregon National Historic Trail, Salt Lake City - UT , 29 miles away
Deer Creek State Park, Utah , 5 miles away
Wasatch Mountain State Park, Utah , 6 miles away
Utah Lake State Park, Utah , 15 miles away
Jordanelle State Park, Utah , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Timpanogos Cave National Monument:
Wasatch Mountain State Park, Midway , 8 miles away
Homestead Resort Golf Course, Heber City , 9 miles away
Cascade Golf Center, Orem , 9 miles away
Soldier Hollow Golf Course, Midway , 9 miles away
Riverside Country Club, Provo , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Timpanogos Cave National Monument
Tibble Fork Reservoir, Utah County , 6 miles away
Upper Bells Canyon Reservoir, Salt Lake County , 13 miles away
Utah Lake, Utah County , 18 miles away

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