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Minnetonka Cave

St. Charles Canyon, Caribou National Forest, Saint Charles, ID 83272
+1 435-245-4422
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Great cave close to Garden City

The cave is a great visit on a hot day, and just a short drive from Bear Lake. If you've been in... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
connjohns
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Boise, Idaho
Cool fun

It is only a short drive up a beautiful canyon, 10 miles on an improved road. They recommend a... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
William R
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Washington, Utah
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Minnetonka Cave is a limestone cave a half-mile long of which 1,800 feet has been developed for guided tours to the public. The elevation of the cave is 7,700 feet. It is located on the Cache National Forest near St. Charles, Idaho, and is administered by Scenic Canyons Recreational Services under a special use permit from the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Please be aware to not bring anything -including clothing- that has been in any other cave. This includes hats, shoes, belts jewelry, cameras, cell phones, etc. Due to the westward spread of White Nose syndrome (WNS), restrictions are currently in place at Minnetonka Cave to prevent introduction of this bat disease into Idaho. It is possible for humans to spread the disease if clothing or equipment has been exposed to the fungus. Introduction of this disease would devastate local bat populations and possibly close the cave to tours and visitors. For more information visit: whitenosesyndrome.org. Thanks for understanding.
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St. Charles Canyon, Caribou National Forest, Saint Charles, ID 83272
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"our tour guide"
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"bear lake"
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"year round"
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"stairs to climb"
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"accept cash"
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"great tour"
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"fun family"
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"tour takes"
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"rock formations"
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"wear long pants"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The cave is a great visit on a hot day, and just a short drive from Bear Lake. If you've been in other caves, it's pretty much the same spiel, but it's still worth seeing. Just remember, you can't wear anything that you've worn in...More

Thank connjohns
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It is only a short drive up a beautiful canyon, 10 miles on an improved road. They recommend a sweatshirt or light jacket for the cool 40' temperature. Parking is tight, RV beware. And there are over 400 stairs throughout, with reststops. These stops provide...More

Thank William R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow, the cave is awesome. The journey in the cave lasted about 1 - 1/2 hours. It’s amazing what can be found below the surface. We need to thank the men who cleared the path and built the 444 steps to get to the inside...More

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Reviewed 30 May 2018

VERY DISAPPOINTING AS WE TRAVELED OVER 100 MILES EXTRA TO VIEW THE CAVES. Once arriving ready to buy tickets and were asked if we had been in a cave in the last year. Yes in Missouri. THEN we were told we could not tour due...More

1  Thank local896
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Craig H, General Manager at Minnetonka Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2018

We are super sorry to hear about your experience! It saddens us when our customers aren't able to see the majesty of this beautiful cave. We know that making plans like this and not being able to experience them is a real let down and...More

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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

What an amazing Friday and the drive up to Saint Charles ID was so beautiful. I took my 16 year old cousin with me and the cave was spectacular and the formations inside the cave were amazing. Our Tour Guide for our group was Paul...More

1  Thank Explore4You85
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Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

We visited Minnetonka Caves near St. Charles Idaho. We visited with our family over Labor Day weekend. It was very busy and we had to wait nearly an hour and a half before we got in. The caves are quite long and you have to...More

1  Thank Russ ,
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Reviewed 22 August 2017

Get here early so you don't have to wait as the groups they take are small. We we lucky to have Gabe as a guide and this young man was fantastic. He had a wonderful personality; was knowledgeable about the cave and took into account...More

Thank MaryEllen W
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Reviewed 10 August 2017

Minnetonka Cave is a good cave for all ages. Lots of steps, but little kids managed, as did old ladies like myself. The formations are not as spectacular as other caves I have been to, but it was interesting, nevertheless. Our tour guide was delightful.

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Reviewed 31 July 2017

Our large family had a great time at Minnetonka Cave. It was cool so don't forget a jacket. The kids liked the tour. We had an earlier tour and when we got out it was packed! There is limited places to park (people were parking...More

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Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

We've been to a couple caves and this one was the most convenient to access. Some good things to know: They only accept cash for entry, bring warm clothes for the cave, it is 40 degrees Fahrenheit year round, others mentioned mud but we did...More

2  Thank gwoods619
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bobbiwiderberg
11 July 2017|
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You can go without reservations however you do need to get there early in order to sure you get tickets. I would also recommend if you're waiting for your timeslot to hit the Paris ice caves
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3 July 2017|
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Not sure but I don't think so.
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