Right off the bat I have to warn you this is no walk in the park hike. It’s amazing and worthwhile and one of my favorite hikes but it is a steady 1 and ½ mile steep climb with a thousand switchbacks. That being said we were able to make it to Timpanogos Cave with my five kids in tow and they were absolutely blown away!
Things you should know before you go: bring lots of water. Even if it’s a cooler day it’s still a strenuous hike and kids especially are going to need to rehydrate.
Because of the nature of the cave and the tight spaces you’ll be guided through they don’t allow any strollers or even hiking backpacks.
Always, always, always, pack food. Anytime we go hiking or really anywhere for that matter I always grab some granola bars or crackers or some fruit snacks or even gum. Not only will the kids be more pleasant if they’re full it gives you incentives to get up the steep parts. “At the end of this corner I’ll give you a piece of gum.” “When we get to the top another piece of gum!” It works wonders…
Even though the walk up is steep there are plenty of benches along the way to rest at and markers all the way up and down to tell you how close you are.
They don’t allow any camera’s inside the caves but it is just about the coolest thing we’ve ever seen as a family. They even said they do exclusive tours for very small groups to other parts of the caves a little less suitable for children. That could be a fun date night!!
You just can’t beat that view. Utah is beautiful.
Place: Timp Cave
Location: From I-15: If you are arriving from the north or south on Interstate 15 take Exit 284 (Alpine-Highland exit), then turn east on State Highway 92 and proceed ten miles (16km) to the monument.
Hours: guided cave tours seasonally from mid-May to mid- October
Price: ages 16 and up: $8
0-2: free but still require a ticket