Take the unique tour through the
Some quick rules to keep in mind:
Visitors must be 42 inches (3 feet, 6 inches) tall to join the tour.
Flash cameras are prohibited.
No backpacks - you don't have room to wear them in tight quarters.
Visitors are cautioned to avoid contact with the cave walls whenever possible to reduce environmental damage. Oils from your skin can introduce bacteria to the walls as well as add a dirty, darkened tint to the wall color, officials say.
The tour was a captivating half-mile walk through a myriad of chambers and rooms with fascinating formations. And, of course, there are plenty of names - the Imagination Room, soda straw stalagmites, the
Tour interpretor Julie Anderson says the caves are 3 million to 5 million years old. Each person who visit finds something special.
"People are fascinated by it," Julie says. "It's human interest. A cave can tell us about ecology. It brings a tells us all so much about the underground world and it's all knew to most people.".
Facts and Figures
The caves are located in the
Temperatures typically range from 20 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter and from the 50 to 90 during the summer.
The cave temperature is 42 degrees Fahrenheit year round.
The caves are home to one of the largest exposures of ultramafic rock in North America and one of the largest, most pristine, and most complete segment of old oceanic crust in Western America.
It contains one of the most biologically and geologically diverse caves in the world.
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