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Canyons Trail at Jewel Cave

 
Canyons Trail at Jewel Cave

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The Canyons Trail at Jewel Cave National Monument

The Canyons Trail is located in Jewel Cave National Monument. It is named for the two canyons that it’s loop trail traverses – Hell Canyon and Lithograph Canyon. It is listed as a 3.5 mile loop trail. The route is generally hiked in a counter-clockwise direction, starting at the Visitors Center and traversing in a mostly westerly direction for about 1 mile to the Picnic Area, where there is an old cabin. There, the trail drops down to the entrance of Bush Cave, which is not connected to Jewel Cave, then goes on to the old entrance to Jewel Cave. The trail then drops down to the canyon floor and heads in a general southeasterly direction for about 1.5 miles to the junction with Lithograph Canyon. At that junction, the trail begins a more northerly direction and ascends upward, back to the Visitors Center. There is plenty of parking at the Visitors Center, along with restrooms and food vending. There are no fees, unless you want to do a cave tour. The loop trail changes altitude about 300 feet from the high point on the trail to the canyons junction. There are plenty of photo opportunities, and freedom to explore here. This is open year-around, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.


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Deer also hike this trail!

Deer also hike this trail!

Bush Cave and Old Cabin

Bush Cave and Old Cabin

Fire Remnant

Fire Remnant

Jewel Cave Ranger Cabin

Jewel Cave Ranger Cabin

Canyon Junction

Canyon Junction

Twisted Pine

Twisted Pine

Dark Cave Infrared View

Dark Cave Infrared View

Jewel Cave Visitors Center

Jewel Cave Visitors Center

Lithograph Canyon

Lithograph Canyon

Side Canyon from Lithograph Canyon

Side Canyon from Lithograph Canyon

Canyons Trail Near Visitors Center

Canyons Trail Near Visitors Center

Old Entrance to Jewel Cave

Old Entrance to Jewel Cave

Canyons Trail Near Old Caves

Canyons Trail Near Old Caves

Jewel Cave Sign

Jewel Cave Sign

Lithograph Canyon Signpost

Lithograph Canyon Signpost




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