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Timpanogos Cave National Monument

Bring a picnic and explore the canyon and underground caves in Wasatch Mountain State Park.

Timpanogos Cave National Monument in American Fork Canyon is popular with hiking enthusiasts and families who come to explore the underground caves. It’s only possible to visit the caves as part of a tour with a park ranger. Explore the surrounding Wasatch Mountain State Park at your leisure. Spot wildlife and stop for a picnic under the trees.

The 250-acre (101-hectare) park features three main caves. Hansen Cave was discovered by adventurer Martin Hansen in 1887. Today, man-made tunnels connect it to Middle and Timpanogos caves. These caves are known for large concentrations of helictites, masses of calcite crystals and impurities that push upwards, seemingly defying gravity.

Daily one-hour cave tours run throughout summer. Venture deep into the side of Timpanogos Mountain with an experienced ranger. It’s a steep 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) hike along a trail to reach the caves; wear appropriate footwear and bring water and sunscreen. The trail brings you to about 6,700 feet (2,000 meters) above sea level, where you’ll enjoy the views over the Utah Valley. Bring a flashlight to see where you’re going and to admire the special rock formations in the cave.

Hike on above-ground nature trails to spot mammals and birds, including mountain lions, moose, hummingbirds and falcons.

Timpanogos Cave National Monument is usually closed at night and in winter. It's a 40-minute drive from Salt Lake City and there are no public transport options. Book ahead for a tour during holidays and weekends.

A park entrance fee applies to all vehicles and is valid for several days. To help prevent the spread of a disease that threatens bats, the park prohibits any items that have been in any other cave or mine, including clothing and cameras.


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3BR Rustic Log Home Near Salt Lake Ski Resorts

3BR Rustic Log Home Near Salt Lake Ski Resorts

4798 W. 11000 N., Highland
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in American Fork, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Timpanogos Cave National Monument, John Hutchings Museum Of Natural History, and Thanksgiving Point. Red Rock Trail and South Mountain Golf Club are also within 12 mi (20 km).

Pleasant Grove House

Pleasant Grove House

815 N 350 E, Pleasant Grove
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Pleasant Grove, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Timpanogos Cave National Monument, UCCU Center, and Utah Valley University. John Hutchings Museum Of Natural History and Bridal Veil Falls are also within 12 mi (20 km).

Private 2-bedroom Guest Suite in North Utah County

Private 2-bedroom Guest Suite in North Utah County

6631 W Sunset Hills Dr, Highland
5.0
of 5, from 15 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in American Fork, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of John Hutchings Museum Of Natural History, Thanksgiving Point, and Red Rock Trail. South Mountain Golf Club and Timpanogos Cave National Monument are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$119
5th East Hall - Bed & Breakfast

5th East Hall - Bed & Breakfast

455 East 200 South, #1600, American Fork
3.9
of 5, from 24 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in American Fork, this bed & breakfast is within 9 mi (15 km) of John Hutchings Museum Of Natural History, UCCU Center, and Utah Valley University. Thanksgiving Point and Timpanogos Cave National Monument are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$81
Holiday Inn Express & Suites American Fork - North Provo

Holiday Inn Express & Suites American Fork - North Provo

712 South Utah Valley Drive, American Fork
4.1
of 5, from 450 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in American Fork, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of John Hutchings Museum Of Natural History, UCCU Center, and Utah Valley University. Thanksgiving Point and Timpanogos Cave National Monument are also within 12 mi (20 km).

$315
Sundance Resort

Sundance Resort

8841 N. Alpine Loop Road, Sundance
4.6
of 5, from 90 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the mountains, this Sundance resort offering ski-in/ski-out access is 5.7 mi (9.1 km) from Bridal Veil Falls and within 20 mi (32 km) of Soldier Hollow Resort and Sevens Peaks Waterpark Provo. Deer Creek State Park is 7.6 mi (12.3 km) away.

$59
La Quinta Inn & Suites North Orem

La Quinta Inn & Suites North Orem

1100 W 780 N, Orem
3.7
of 5, from 1,009 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from UCCU Center and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Utah Valley University. Lavell Edwards Stadium and Brigham Young University are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$77
Best Western Timpanogos Inn

Best Western Timpanogos Inn

195 S 850 E, Lehi
4.1
of 5, from 482 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this motel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from John Hutchings Museum Of Natural History and within 12 mi (20 km) of Thanksgiving Point and Timpanogos Cave National Monument. UCCU Center and Utah Valley University are also within 12 mi (20 km).