Caves and Mines

Timpanogos Cave National Monument American Fork

Where is it at?

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Timpanogos Cave National Monument
Utah 92
American Fork
UT
84003
Tel: 801-756-5238

Directions

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. The Alpine Scenic Loop is closed during the winter.

Where are we going today?

If you want family adventure in an incredible part of the country, then you might just want to head to Timpangos Cave National Monument!

You can hike your way past incredible vistas to explore the magical and hidden underground world that is the cave system. Inside, where are three incredibly decorated caverns filled with amazing formations, from stalactites to stalagmites. 

It's a great way for kids to learn all about the history and preservation of the caves, as well as the geologic mysteries that you will encounter!

The Timpoanogos Cave National Monument is also a great way for the family to get active, and see some more of nature through the great hiking they have in the area. In fact, your climb to the cave entrance takes you on a hike where you hike over 1,000 feet in elevation, giving you just incredible views of American Fork Canyon as you go!

The best place to start your experience at this Utah National Monument is the visitor center, where you can learn all about the best places to hike, and the caves themselves. If you wanted to enjoy a guided tour, best book ahead of time as they often sell out.

These informative guided tours are 55 minutes long, and restricted to 16 people per tour. If you want to see the caves, the guided tour is the only way so make sure you book!

If you want something a bit more adventurous, you can enjoy the Introduction To Caving Tour where you, your helmet and headlamp will take you along the same route that tours were conducted back in the 1880s. Pretty cool! It's a great way to have that bit more adventure, and to have a great time!

Adventure awaits for the whole family in Utah!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$8 guided tour
  • Children$4 - $6 guided tour
  • Free Under: 2 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

7am / 7:30am open - 6pm close. Fall slightly shorter hours.

May to late October

I'm Hungry!

Make sure you carry plenty of bottled water. For lunch there is the Swinging Bridge Picnic Area where you can enjoy your own lunch out in nature!.

Any Top Tips?

Your tour starts and ends at the visitor center, so when you select a time that's when you pick them up at the visitor center, before your mile and a half walk.

Doing our bit

They love keeping the adventures interesting, so they offer FREE programs to the public seasonally 7pm Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as guided hikes.

Need a little extra help?

The walk to the caves is a tough mile and a half, and no wheeled vehicles allowed. The visitor center and picnic area are ADA compliant .

Can I get one of those?

The visitor center has some gifts and souvenirs that you can pick up to remember your adventure. .

More information

Make sure you book in advance if you want to be guaranteed a tour as they often sell up quickly .

What people are saying?

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    This is a pretty cool place to visit and a great place if you love exercise:)

    I am sure you can do research and there are probably comments/reviews but the hike up is not for the faint of heart. Its 1.5 miles and it is steep and points along the way are or can be dangerous for smaller kids. Keep in mind too that it is also 1.5 miles down. All in all it took us about 1-1/2 hours to climb up the mountain. We stopped and rested along the way. We had older people and a 3 year old in our group that we ended up carrying most of the way. It was...Read More

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    Wished there was greater availablity. Never can get an appointment to take some guests to see it

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    "Heart of the mountain" is a beautiful and unique formation. Also look for "cave bacon" and other lovely pools, stalactites, stalagmites, etc.

    The hike up to the cave is steep, but the trail is paved and there are benches along the way to take a break. Once inside the cave, watch your step and your head; I've bonked mine a couple of times.

    We love this place. Well worth the effort.

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    We love going to Timp Cave! We took our daughter for the first time in 2011. She loved the hike. It can be a bit intense for young people or people with infirmities so book your tour online and give yourself plenty of time to make the hike. Even if you make the hike quickly the view is easy to enjoy while you wait for your cave tour!

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    It's so cold inside,take your jacket with you.

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by Troy B

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This is a pretty cool place to visit and a great place if you love exercise:)

I am sure you can do research and there are probably comments/reviews but the hike up is not for the faint of heart. Its 1.5 miles and it is steep and points along the way are or can be dangerous for smaller kids. Keep in mind too that it is also 1.5 miles down. All in all it took us about 1-1/2 hours to climb up the mountain. We stopped and rested along the way. We had older people and a 3 year old in our group that we ended up carrying most of the way. It was too much for her.

The caves are pretty cool to see and the rangers stop enough along the way. There are I think 5 different stopping points. The cave tour takes 55 minutes and is dimly lit. It is tight and I suggest wearing good shoes and bringing a coat if you get cold. It is cold/damp in the cave.

Overall we were glad that we did this.

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