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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Timp Cave Set To Open, Cedar Breaks Delayed By Snow

Timpanogos Cave may open this weekend, if park officials determine that the access trail is safe. Watch the National Park Service website for the exact date.

The cave often opens as early as Mother’s Day weekend, but it was delayed this year while crews made improvements to the trail. Now, heavy rain and soggy soil has caused some rocks to fall on the trail. Workers are clearing them and evaluating future danger.

The cave will be open on a reduced schedule later this summer and fall, to allow crews to build a new exit shelter.

The Provo Herald has this article about cave trail improvements and schedule.

Cedar Breaks
The scenic drive through Cedar Breaks National Monument will not open until about June 10 because deep snow still remains in the area.

The Spectrum newspaper has this article about the route. It says crews have to dig through drifts up to 15 feet deep to clear the road. Here’s a quote:

"Warmer temperatures in the forecast mean there is a chance the park could open sooner. Daphne Sewing, chief of education and partnerships, suggested potential visitors go to the website www.nps.gov/cebr to watch for an earlier opening date.

"The Cedar Breaks Visitor Center will open for the season after the road through the park reopens. The Point Supreme Campground normally opens by mid-June, but with the unusually high amount of snow, campers should call the park ahead of their visit and check on the status of campsites as well as other visitor facilities."

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