Minnetonka Cave

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Minnetonka Cave is scheduled to open June 13 in accordance with Idaho’s Stage 4 Reopening Plan. The safety and health of employees, visitors, partners, volunteers and resources remains our top priority, which is why we have been making operational changes in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Minnetonka Cave will continue to follow current guidance from CDC and other federal, state, and local health authorities regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) as we plan for the summer season. Please click on the following PDF to learn about the changes taking place. Know before you go.

Minnetonka Cave, in beautiful St. Charles Canyon northwest of Bear Lake, offers a half-mile of fascinating stalactites, stalagmites, and banded travertine in nine rooms. From mid-June until Labor Day, over 20,000 people visit the Cave and take the guided tours. The cave stays a brisk 40 degrees all year so bring your jacket! Minnetonka is one of two caverns administered by the Forest Service. Within St. Charles Canyon are campgrounds and a large group use areas with fishing and hiking nearby. Keep an eye out for resident wildlife such as moose and deer.

Attention! In an attempt to keep White Nose Syndrome (a bat disease) from spreading into Minnetonka Cave, please DO NOT wear clothing or hand carried items into Minnetonka Cave that you have worn or carried in any other cave or mine. These things include – shoes, hats, belts, jewelry, cameras, backpacks, cell phones, purses, etc. Any individuals who bring items with them that have been in another cave or mine will not be able to take the tour. We appreciate your cooperation and hope you enjoy your tour.

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 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 http://whitenosesyndrome.org/

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Cave opens around Memorial Weekend and close Labor Day Weekend, depending on weather. Cave is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tours run every half hour and the last tour starts at 5:30 p.m.
Reservations: Groups of 15 people or more  - 9:30 am and 6 pm daily. Contact Number at the cave is:  435-491-0618 Contact Aud and Di Campground Services at least two weeks in advance: 435-491-0618 or audi1@scinternet.net
Provide approximate size your group, date and time of tour request
Fees $8.00 for adults (16 years or older)
$6.00 for children (6 to 15 years)
Children under 5 years old are free
Family Pass is $32.00 (Immediate family, living at home) Groups (30 people or more) get 10% off
$4.00 for Golden Access Pass / Golden Access Holders All fees payable by cash or check, credit cards cannot be accepted. For more information about Minnetonka Cave call: (435) 491-0618.
Open Season: Memorial Day weekend
Closest Towns: Montpelier, ID
Water: Yes
Restroom: Yes

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