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Park Service reopens Timpanogos Cave for tours

Park Service reopens Timpanogos Cave for tours



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HIGHLAND, Utah (AP) -- Timpanogos Cave has reopened after emergency work was done on the switchbacks that take visitors from the bottom of American Fork Canyon.

The cave reopened Saturday, in time for the final three weeks of the season before the Park Service shuts it down for winter Oct. 19.

Superintendent Denis Davis said the steep trail had to be shut down for rehabilitation, but that a contractor finished the work ahead of schedule.

Admission is $6 for each vehicle entering American Fork Canyon on the way to Timpanogos Cave National Monument. That fee is collected by the Uinta National Forest. Mandatory guided cave tours are $7 for adults and less for youngsters.

The hike up can take more than an hour, rising 1,000 vertical feet to three caverns decorated with natural formations.

Davis said it is a good time to take in the canyon's fall foliage from the trail.

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Information from: The Daily Herald

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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