Adapted from the 2005 Rocky Mountain Regional Presentation. The presentation featured the caves listed in the guidebook that were near or could be visited during the Rocky Mountain Regional. Photos by Jon Jasper and Brandon Kowallis.
Pink Lime Pit is just outside of Utah Valley. It is the area's vertical training pit. The cave is a single pit of 45 ft deep with 3 small openings and one large opening. The cave has bolts placed within to practice crossing difficult bolting situations.
The large opening of Pink Lime Pit
Brandon practicing crossing bolts along the wall of Pink Lime Pit
Brandon Kowallis climbing out of large opening
Looking up the pit
The large opening of Pink LIme Pit
Crossing bolts lit at night
Nutty Putty Cave is the most highly visited cave in Utah with estimated 4909 visits per year! The cave was gated in 2006 and managed by the Timpanogos Grotto.
Entrance photo with visual breeze. photo by Brandon Kowallis
Cami Pulham exiting the Birth Canal
Emily Maughan in the Arota Crawl
The Scout Trap. The location of two rescues of scout who got stuck.
Cory Kowallis exiting the Scout Trap
Scene of a Scout rescue at Nutty Putty Cave's entrance
A shot showing the typical visitor to Nutty Putty Cave.
Blowhole Cave is a beautiful vertical cave that is unknown for its Indian Blanket formation
Jason Knight in his con suit at the entrance of Blowhole
Kyle Voyles entering Blowhole
Peter Ruplinger entering Blowhole. Brandon Kowallis Photo
Jon Jasper exiting Blowhole
Harrison Holden climbing out of Blowhole Cave
The colorful slanted passages of Blowhole
Kyle Voyles and Harrison Holden at the Indian Blanket
Kyle Voyles doing his Vanta White at the Indian Blanket
Candlelight Cave was found from a mine adit. The cave has no natural entrance. The name comes from the candles left behind by the miners who toured the cave. Many say that Candlelight is Utah's mini-Lech.
Brandon and Charlie getting raedy to dive in - literally!
Brandon Kowallis heading into the 200 ft mine shaft to Candlelight Cave
Ralph Power hanging in the Candlelight shaft. The audit entering into the cave is 90 ft down a 200 ft shaft.
Natural red highlight on the tips of Aragonite
Candlelight Cave's corrision residue
Spencer Christian in the colorful passages of Candlelight Cave
Gypsum beard. Photo by Brandon Kowallis
Tim Barnhart in Candlelight. Brandon Kowallis Photo
Charlie and Spencer in Candlelight. Brandon Kowallis photo
Anthodites in Candlelight. Brandon Kowallis Photo
Anthodite in Candlelight. Brandon Kowallis photo
Upper Cave that appears to have been mined into. The cave is relative short but has easy digging.
Cami Pulham rappeling into Upper Cave
Hush Hish is another mined into cave.
The cave has easy access and great rigging.
Cami Pulham Rappeling past the ladder left behind from the mining
Spanish Moss Cave is another well visited classic - Big passage, formations, and anthodites. The cave was named by Earl Peterson after a trip down south with Spanish Moss hanging from the trees reminding him of the roots that used to hag all around inside of the entrance to the cave
The winter view of Spanish Moss Cave's entrance
Cami Pulham at the entrance of Spanish Moss
Brandon Kowallis's Black and White Best of Salon Winner at the California NSS convention. Becky climbing rope at entrance drop
Looking up the passage toward the entrance rappel. Brandon Kowallis photo
Draperies in Spanish Moss Cave. Brandon Kowallis photo
Brandon Kowallis photo
Red Baron Cave is an amazing 20 ft rappel into its entrance at the top of a 300 ft cliff. The cave is known for its green and yellow formations.
View of the Red Baron entrance entrance
View from inside of the entrance
Cami Pulham at the cave's gate. Imagine carrying those bags of cement.
Formation covered roots
Cami Pulham in front of the monster green helectities.
Cami Pulham in front of the monster green dipstones.
Utah's premiere tourist cave hidden up American Fork Canyon
The tourist trail just beneath the entrance
The entrance to Hansen Cave lit by light while installing the cave's gate
Brandon Kowallis Photo of the wild cave route
Helectite. Brandon Kowallis Photo
The Big Room in Middle Cave. Brandon Kowallis Photo
Green Popcorn in Timpanogos Cave. Brandon Kowallis Photo
Frostwork. Brandon Kowallis Photo
Chimes Chamber in Timpanogos Cave
The Heart of Timpanogos. Photo by Jon Jasper
Neffs was once the deepest cave in North America with a depth of 1165 ft. It an isolated cave just outside of the Salt Lake City. It is an easy sloping vertical cave originally explored to about 800 ft in depth by teenagers in the 1950 used hand-over-hand techniques. Their rescue was the cave's discovery to the local cavers.
Tim Barnhart at Entrance to cave. Photo by Brandon Kowallis
Peter Hartley in Neffs. Notice the steeply dipping bedding.
Jon Jasper climbing Neffs Cave's only free rappel, Goodrows Pit. The cave mostly following the bedding dip. Brandon Kowallis Photo
A 300 pit complex high up within the mountains
Spencer Christian in the entrance to Monte Carlo Pit
Fun heavily segmented lava tubes.
My old Tacoma with the main tube
Collapsed valley leading to short cave segment
Rappeling into lava tube collapse
Shay Lenegrin rapping into tricky pit
Brandon Kowallis in inside pit
Utah's most colorful cave. I continue to wonder how much is natural coloration.
Shay and Ottie at entrance
Townsend Big-eared bat. Brandon Kowallis photo
Jason Mateljak and Jon Jasper in Oak City Cave. Brandon Kowallis Photo
Brandon messing with register
Crystal Ball Cave is known for its crystal lined passages and its unique tour experience.
Brandon Kowallis at entrance to Crystal Ball Cave
Entrance Room. Brandon Kowallis photo
Dog tooth spar lined passages with owner/guide Gerard Bates. Park Service doesn't have anything on his uniform. Brandon Kowallis photo
Jon Jasper within the Raftcones. Brandon Kowallis photo
Tim Barnhart looking at the crystal lined ceiling. Brandon Kowallis photo
Gandy warm springs or Beware Cave. Brandon Kowallis swimming through a 80 degree cave
Lehman Caves lies within Great Basin National Park. It is know for its high concentration of formations especially shields.
The tourist entrance
The Parachute Shields - the type example for shields.
Cami Pulham at the Horse Hooves in the Gypsum Annex Passage in Lehman Caves
Cami Pulham entering the Lost River Passage
Megan Porter in front of the large Shield in the Gothic Palace. The shield has amazing waterbars.