ATTENTION! IF YOU PLAN ON VISITING MINNETONKA CAVE, PLEASE DO NOT BRING ANYTHING -- INCLUDING CLOTHING -- THAT HAS BEEN IN ANOTHER CAVE. THIS INCLUDES HATS, SHOES, BELTS, JEWELRY, CAMERAS, BACKPACKS, CELL PHONES, PURSES, ETC.
Due to the westward spread of White Nose syndrome (WNS), restrictions on clothing and items that have been in other caves are currently in place at Minnetonka Cave to prevent introduction of this bat disease into Idaho. It is possible for humans to spread the disease between caves if clothing or equipment has been exposed to the fungus. Leaving clothing or other items that have been in another cave or mine at home will help protect bat species inhabiting Minnetonka Cave. Introduction of this disease into Minnetonka Cave would devastate local bat populations, and in the event of a cave closure, greatly impact local economies. For more information on WNS and its current impacts to bats in North America visit whitenosesyndrome.org.
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Cash or check only. Credit Cards are not accepted.
Adults (16 and older) ............................. $8
Youth (6-15) ............................................ $6
Children (5 and under) .......................... Free
Golden Age/Access Passport Holders .. $4
Family Pass .............................................. $32
(Married couple and their unmarried children who still live at home)
Groups of 30 or more get a 10% discount. Must pay with a single check or lump sum of cash. Family passes are not eligible for this discount.
Hours of operation: Tours start every half hour between 10 AM and 5:30 PM, and run seven days a week from the Saturday before Memorial Day to Labor Day (weather permitting). The following two weekends after Labor Day, tours may be open, Friday through Sunday, 11 am to 2 pm (weather depending).
Reservations: Groups of 20 people or more may reserve tours at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day. To reserve a spot contact Scenic Canyons at least two weeks in advance by calling 435-245-4422. Please provide the approximate size of your group and the date and time you would like to reserve and someone will get back with you. Regular tour times (10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) can not be reserved ahead of time.
Directions: Take U.S. 89 north from Garden City, Utah, or south from Montpelier, Idaho, to St. Charles. Drive 10 miles west from St. Charles along Minnetonka Cave Rd / Forest Road 412. The road is paved to its end at Minnetonka Cave. See map below.
Amenities: Flush toilets, drinking water, garbage service and a small concession stand offering soda and other snacks.
Nearby: St. Charles Creek flows down the canyon and offers good fishing for cutthroat trout. Bear Lake State Park Marina is in Garden City, Utah, and offers access to the boating and fishing opportunities on one of the Intermountain West's largest natural lakes. There is also nearby access to the Highline Trail, a 55-mile trail along the backbone of a mountain range. The trail is open to hikers, bikers, horses and motorcycles. Several campgrounds are located in the same canyon as the cave.
For more information, visit the Forest Service website.