Waaaaay Better Than Carlsbad Caverns! - Part 2





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Published on Jun 25, 2009

May 23, 2009 - Timpanogos Cave National Monument shows proof of a worldwide flood.

It took me 4.5 hours round-trip to hike the trail because I had to stop several times to rest.

Admission fee was only $7 for adults - well worth it.

Near Provo, Utah - Covering an area of less then one square mile, Timpanogos Cave National Monument, protects three interlinked limestone caverns, 1,060 feet above the floor of American Fork Canyon in the Wasatch Mountains, reached by a steep 1.5 mile trail up the rocky slopes. The hike is quite strenuous, so relatively few make the journey yet even so, in summer a wait of several hours may be necessary before entering the caves, which may only be visited as part of a ranger-led guided tour. The formations are on a much smaller scale than in other more famous cave systems such as Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico but are still very pretty, the main attraction here being the multitude of helicites - an unusual, twisting, microcrystalline variety of calcite with many delicate forms.

Timpanogos Cave National Monument is located off I-15 at the Alpine/Highland exit (exit #287). Exit the Interstate and follow State Road 92 for 10 miles as it heads towards the Wasatch Mountains and climbs up American Fork Canyon to the Timpanogos Cave National Monument Visitors Center. The trail to the cave begins at the Visitors Center.

There is a fee station located at the mouth of American Fork Canyon which charges a small fee per vehicle to visit the canyon. This fee is in addition to the ticket price of visiting the cave.

TAGS: Wasatch Utah Valley Wild Wilderness Timanogos Cave Proof Worldwide Flood Catastrophe Disaster Coral Stalactites Stalagmites Bacon


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