Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah on June 18, 20115 min - 1 hour | Length: 20 ft | Depth: 0 ftCave Type: HorizontalBatty Pass Caves were carved out of the rock by two brothers, Bill and Cliff Lichtenhahn in the 1950s and 1960s. The brothers created table tops checkerboards, and other articles out of petrified wood, jasper and other stone. Of the three caves, two were used as workshops and one as living quarters. Today, the caves contain the remains of old beds, a boat, shelves, and machinery. An old, rusted out car sits in front.
Gandy, Utah on April 30, 20105 min - 1 hour | Length: 10 ft | Depth: 0 ftCave Type: HorizontalThese two small caves are part of Gandy Warm Springs. The first cave is located in the lower pool and has lots of ferns covering the entrance. The warm water is about two feet deep and flowing quickly out of the cave. The second cave is right above the upper two pools near the base of the cliffs. The water is only a few inches deep in this cave.
Duck Creek Village, Utah on June 8, 20121-3 hours | Length: 2,100 ft | Depth: 15 ftCave Type: HorizontalMammoth Lava Tubes are a series of lava tubes over 2,100 feet long. They are well known and easy to get to, which makes them extremely popular. The largest lava tube is closed in the winter to protect hibernating bats.
Kanab, Utah on September 8, 201215 minutes - 1 hour | Length: 120 ft | Depth: 0 ftCave Type: HorizontalMoqui Caverns a sandstone cave located about 5 miles north of Kanab, Utah along highway 89. Not to be confused with Moqui Cave, which is a paid attraction, Moqui Caverns are free and wild.
Utah County, Utah on July 25, 20092-3 hours | Length: 500 ft | Depth: 100 ftCave Type: HorizontalThis is a very fun horizontal cave. It is pretty much one straight passage. There are a number of very old signatures dating back to the 1800s.
Utah County, Utah on April 16, 20092-6 hours | Length: 1,355 ft | Depth: 145 ftCave Type: HorizontalNutty Putty Cave is probably the most popular Boy Scout cave in Utah. There are two portions of the cave: the big slide, and the maze. You can do either part or both if you have enough time (plan 4-5 hours to do the whole thing). If you're doing the maze, take a map or you might end up back at the beginning prematurely. The big slide usually has a rope for a hand guide. There is a 15-ft drop at the end of the slide where there may or may not be a ladder. Last I heard the ladder was broken. Continuing past the drop off leads to the birth canal and to the famous aortal crawl - a grueling 115-ft long body-tight crawl.
Utah County, Utah on October 10, 20092-4 hours | Length: 1,000 ft | Depth: 100 ftCave Type: HorizontalThis cave is named after Fred Buss, a geology professor who taught at BYU from 1907 to 1927. He regularly took his students up to the cave as part of their class work. When Nutty Putty was discovered, students lost interest in Professor Buss Cave and started going to the more accessible Nutty Putty Cave. This cave has signatures as far back as 1886. Because of the historical value of the cave, the Timpanogos Grotto is attempting to gate the cave. Access should be fairly easy to acquire once the gate is put in place.
Provo, Utah on January 29, 201110 minutes | Length: 15 ft | Depth: 10 ftCave Type: HorizontalThis little cave doesn't even require a flashlight (although one is recommended) because it's so short. It has a couple of little rooms and is fun to play around in.
Provo, Utah on July 25, 200910 minutes | Length: 30 ft | Depth: 10 ftCave Type: HorizontalThis very small cave is located at the base of a small cliff. It goes about 15 into the cliff before becoming too tight to go on. The crack also goes down but is too tight.
Springville, Utah on March 13, 20102-3 hours | Length: 350 ft | Depth: 60 ftCave Type: HorizontalThis cave is mostly horizontal for about 300 feet, at which point the only direction to go is up. Chimney up for about 20-30 feet then there is another horizontal passage. There's a really tight spot that blocks most cavers, but continuing through opens up to a room that splits off into a few different passages. All of them dead end relatively quickly except for one that goes straight up. Unfortunately the walls are too far apart for chimneying, and the rock is too slick to climb, so there may be more we don't know about.
Fillmore, Utah on March 16, 20101 day | Length: Varies | Depth: VariesCave Type: HorizontalThe Tabernacle Hill Lava Tubes near Fillmore, UT are a lot of fun to explore. The whole area is riddled with collapsed lava tunnels and pits. This is a popular destination for scouts.
Timpanogos Cave National Monument, Utah on June 20, 20092-4 hours | Length: 5,600 ft | Depth: 185 ftCave Type: HorizontalTimpanogos Cave National Monument offers tours through Hansen Cave, Middle Cave, and Timpanogos Cave. The 1.5 mile trail to the cave is steep but paved. Tours usually run from May through October.