Logan/Bear Lake Area Caves

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 are a popular stop in Logan Canyon. Years of wind and water erosion have cared 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.

Logan Cave is now gated and closed to visitors to protect Townsend big-eared bats, a sensitive species that roosts in the cave.

Minnetonka Cave is 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
  • Information: 435-245-4422

Paris Ice Cave also makes an interesting stop. It does not have as much cave decoration as Minntonka 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
  • Information: 435-245-4422

Additional Information

  • Cache Valley Visitors Bureau at 800-882-4433
  • Bear Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-448-2327
  • Bear River Heritage Area at 1-877-772-7242
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