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Great Basin National Park – Baker, NV
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Hard to get to and hard to forget! Situated close to the border of Utah, this park rises from the desert floor to lush forest with lots of wildlife. The impressive Lehman Cave tour is a must. There is a Junior Ranger Program and the rangers offer other programs such as astronomy.

All Great Basin National Park Campsites are first come - first served. Reservations are not available for overnight camping. There is a choice of five campgrounds. We stayed at Wheeler Peak which is spectacular. To get to this campground, note that the road is closed to single vehicles or trailers in excess of 24 feet in length. The road is narrow, winding, and climbs an 8% grade in 12 miles.

Recommend the Alpine Lake Loop Trail (2.7 miles) which connects to the Bristlecone Trail that takes you to an ancient bristlecone pine grove.

Please note that having a pet with you will limit your activities in Great Basin National Park. Kennel services are not available in or around the park.

http://www.nps.gov/grba/index.htm
Lehman Caves Tour – Great Basin National Park, Baker, NV

Tour Basics
Lehman Caves may only be entered with a guided tour. Cave tours are offered daily, year round, except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. Park rangers lead all tours, explaining the history, ecology, and geology of the caves.

Two different guided tours of Lehman Caves are offered, the Lodge Room Tour and the Grand Palace Tour. Reservations are strongly recommended in the summer months, as well as over holiday weekends.

Lodge Room Tour:
Lodge Room Tours are approximately 60 minutes long. The Lodge Room Tour travels 0.4 miles, and is ideal for families with young children. The Lodge Room Tour highlights the Gothic Palace, Music Room, and Lodge Room sections of Lehman Caves. Tour is limited to 20 visitors. White Nose Syndrome screening is mandatory.

Grand Palace Tour:
Grand Palace Tours are approximately 90 minutes long. The Grand Palace Tour travels 0.6 miles, and children must be at least 5 years old to join the Grand Palace Tour (except on tours December through February). This tour visits the Gothic Palace, the Music Room, the Lodge Room, Inscription Room, and the Grand Palace sections of Lehman Caves, including a chance to view the famous "Parachute Shield" formation. Tour is limited to 20 visitors. White Nose Syndrome screening is mandatory.

Visit Website for hours and pricing

Cave Tips:
Bring a light jacket - cave temperature is always about 50 degrees year round

You can only bring a small flashlight and handheld camera into the cave. No backpacks, tripods, etc.

The Ranger will let you know when it is OK to take photos. Remind them to tell you when it is OK. Ours forgot to mention we could take photos until we asked.

Lehman Caves Tours – Great Basin National Park, Baker, NV

Lehman Caves may just be the most decorated of all the caves our family has visited.  Sparkling formations and unique features such as "shields" are here.  Cave may only be entered with a guided tour which are offered daily, year-round, except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. Park rangers share the history, ecology, and geology of the cave.  Two different guided tours of Lehman Caves are offered, the Lodge Room Tour and the Grand Palace Tour. Reservations are strongly recommended in the summer months, as well as over holiday weekends.

Lodge Room Tour:
Lodge Room Tours are approximately 60 minutes long. The Lodge Room Tour travels 0.4 miles, and is ideal for families with young children. The Lodge Room Tour highlights the Gothic Palace, Music Room, and Lodge Room sections of Lehman Caves. Tour is limited to 20 visitors. White Nose Syndrome screening is mandatory. ** Best for families!

Grand Palace Tour:
Grand Palace Tours are approximately 90 minutes long. The Grand Palace Tour travels 0.6 miles, and children must be at least 5 years old to join the Grand Palace Tour (except on tours December through February). This tour visits the Gothic Palace, the Music Room, the Lodge Room, Inscription Room, and the Grand Palace sections of Lehman Caves, including a chance to view the famous "Parachute Shield" formation. Tour is limited to 20 visitors. White Nose Syndrome screening is mandatory.

Hours:

Visit Website for hours and pricing

Tips:

Bring a light jacket - cave temperature is always about 50 degrees year round
You can only bring a small flashlight and handheld camera into the cave. No backpacks, tripods, etc.
Ranger will let you know when it is OK to take photos. Remind them to tell you when it is OK. Ours forgot to mention we could take photos until we asked.

 

 

Rickwood Caverns State Park – Warrior, AL
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About 30 minutes north of Birmingham is Rickwood Caverns State Park, known for its massive cave where visitors can head underground to view ancient formations.  The cave is a constant 58-62 degrees which is welcoming in the heat of summer.  Visit their website for tour information and fees.
The other main feature of Rickwood Caverns State Park is the cave water-fed Olympic-size swimming pool (there is also a kiddie pool).  Visit website for pool fee information.

Campground:

There is a primitive campground not well suited for RV's, however, there are plans to make improvements

Available Activities:

Fossil Mountain Hiking Trail
Geocaching
Gemstone Mining (fee)
Gift Shop
Guided Cave Tours
Playground
Swimming Pool

 

 

(205) 647-9692
Ruby Falls – Chattanooga, TN

Iconic Ruby Falls is named one of the "Ten Most Incredible Cave Waterfalls on Earth" and it easy to see why.  Water pours from rocks 145-feet above before cascading down into a small pool.  Standing at the base of the falls, you can feel the mist and hear the power of the water. Tours start an elevator ride that lowers visitors over 1,000 feet below the surface of Lookout Mountain.  Your tour guide will meet you and take you along the tour route that gives ample time to view beautiful cave formations.

Lookout Mountain Tower can be accessed at the end of the tour for panoramic views of the Tennessee Valley below.

Hours

Open Daily 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. except Christmas Day

Address

1720 South Scenic Hwy, Chattanooga, TN

Other Activities Available

“Fun Forest Playground”
Snack Bar
Gemstone Panning (fee)
Zip Stream Aerial Adventure (fee)
Gift Shop

http://www.rubyfalls.com/
423-821-2544

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