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Timpanogos Cave National Monument

Timpanogos Cave National Monument

 

 

 

 

 

Description of Timpanogos Cave National Monument

Location: Wasatch mountains, Utah county, UT    Map

Hwy 92, American Fork

Tel. (801) 756-5238

Open: mid-May- mid-Oct: 7am- 5:30pm daily

Open: May- Sept

Closed: Nov- mid-May

Average temperature: 46 F

Official site

Area: 250 acres (1 km2)

 

Timpanogos Cave National Monument is situated in Wasatch mountains in Utah county, Utah state of United States. Martin Hansen discovered Hansen's cave in October 1887, while following a puma trail near the American Fork Canyon. Unfortunately many formations were damaged in this chamber before the national monument was created. Timpanogos Cave National Monument covers an area of 250 acres (1 km2). Timpanogos Cave National Monument is usually closed between November to mid- May due to heavy snow that might make roads difficult to access. Once you reach parking lot of the Timpanogos Cave you have to follow a 1.5 mile trail to the entrance of the underground passageway. Timpanogos Cave National Monument covers three underground systems including Hansen Cave, Middle Cave and Timpanogos Cave that are interconnected by a manmade tunnels. These passageways were blasted away by the civil engineers in the 1930s of the Works Progress Administration.

 

 

 

Fees and permits

There is a $6 per vehicle entrance fee that must be paid when entering Timpanogos Cave National Monument via American Fork Canyon.

There are several passes for groups traveling together in a private vehicle or individuals on foot or on bike. These passes provide free entry at national parks and national wildlife refuges, and also cover standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. These passes are valid at all national parks including Timpanogos Cave National Monument:

The $80 Annual Pass (valid for twelve months from date of issue) can be purchased by anyone. Military personnel can obtain a free annual pass in person at a federal recreation site by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over can obtain a Senior Pass (valid for the life of the holder) in person at a federal recreation site for $80, or through the mail for $90; applicants must provide documentation of citizenship and age. This pass also provides a fifty percent discount on some park amenities. Seniors can also obtain a $20 annual pass.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities can obtain an Access Pass (valid for the life of the holder) in person at a federal recreation site at no charge, or through the mail for $10; applicants must provide documentation of citizenship and permanent disability. This pass also provides a fifty percent discount on some park amenities.
Individuals who have volunteered 250 or more hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program can receive a free Volunteer Pass.
4th graders can receive an Annual 4th Grade Pass that allows free entry for the duration of the 4th grade school year (September-August) to the bearer and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle. Registration at the Every Kid in a Park website is required.
In 2018 the National Park Service will offer four days on which entry is free for all national parks: January 15 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), April 21 (1st Day of NPS Week), September 22 (National Public Lands Day), and November 11 (Veterans Day weekend).

To enter the cave a tour ticket is required. To purchase advance cave tour tickets, call +1 801 756-5238 from 8AM to 5PM. Anyone under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Cave tours prices are:

Standard Cave Tour - Adults (age 16 and older) - $8, Junior (age 6-15) - $6, Child (age 3-5) - $4, Infant (age 0-2) - Free, Senior/Access (Golden Age/Access) pass holders - $4.
Introduction to Caving Tour - Age 14 and up only, $15 per person.
Cave tour tickets frequently sell out, especially on weekends and holidays. Tour tickets may be purchased up to 30 days in advance with a major credit card by calling the visitor center at 801-756-5238. A non-refundable $0.50 transaction fee is added to each ticket sold in advance over the phone. Tour tickets may also be purchased in person at the visitor center up to the day of the tour, if still available. Tickets must be purchased at the visitor center before hiking to the caves, tickets cannot be purchased at the cave entrance. Gift certificates are available.

 

 

 

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