Reopening of Timpanogos Cave National Monument Delayed

April 2, 2011
Timpanogos Cave National Monument

Photo by mateoutah

Due to several projects under construction to improve safety, the annual early May opening of the Timpanogos Cave National Monument in Utah will be delayed until at least May 25.

The improvements include upgrades to the electrical and lighting systems in the caves and installing temporary barriers along a 275 meters (900 feet) of cave trail after two people fell last year, a schoolgirl had minor injuries and an employee was killed.

The only access to the cave system is by walking a strenuous 1 and ½ mile paved trail, which rises 1,092 ft to an elevation of 6,730 feet above sea level. The round-trip hike and tour of the cave system takes about three hours. – Timpanogos Cave National Monument

The temporary barriers will be upgrade to either a permanent rock walls or hand rails in the future. Starting August 1st, the shelter at the exit of the cave will be extended to help protect visitors from falling rocks. Once that begins the trail and cave tours will only be open Friday through Sunday and holidays due to construction work the rest of the week.

To find up to date infromation about the opening times and dates, be sure visit the official Timpanogos Cave National Monument website.

Annual Reopening of Timpanogos Cave National Monument Delayed This Summer [National Parks Traveler]

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