Several caves can be found in canyon areas near Logan and Bear Lake. Minnetonka Cave offers nine rooms full of stalactites, stalagmites and banded travertine. It is managed by the US Forest Service; guided tours are available from June through Labor Day.
Other caves do not have controlled access. Most are open to visitors at their own risk. People interested in learning about and exploring caves are encouraged to join grotto groups. These groups provide information and training so caves can be explored safely.
The Wind Caves
A popular stop in Logan Canyon. Years of wind and water erosion have carved a delicate triple arch and natural cave into a limestone outcropping that can be reached by hiking a 2-mile trail. Also known as Witch's Castle, this area provides a clear view of the China Wall formation as it winds through most of Logan Canyon's midsection.
This is now gated and closed to visitors to protect Townsend big-eared bats, a sensitive species that roosts in the cave.
Located in St Charles Canyon, in Idaho. Its natural stalagmites, stalactites, and banded travertine have been forming for thousands of years and were discovered by Europeans in 1906. The cave is administered by the US Forest Service.
Hours: 10 am to 5:30 pm, June to Labor Day
Paris Ice Cave
This cave doesn’t have as much cave decoration as Minnetonka Cave, but is beautiful in its own right. It is located in Paris Canyon, above the town of Paris, Idaho (west of the town of St Charles). Watch for a sign on Highway 89 near the top of Bear Lake.
Hours: 10 am - 5:30 pm, June - Labor Day