The most unusual feature of the Ice Cave is that it is a natural refrigerator, creating a living glacier in an arid lava desert. The ice block is about 1,000 feet long and varies from 8 to 30 feet in depth. No matter how hot it is outside, you step into a freezing temperature as soon as you enter the cave. Temperatures vary from about 23 to 33 degrees year round. The cave works on an expansion compression of its airflow, making it work on the same principle that we use in modern refrigeration.
* A Main Point Of Interest in the Northwest *
Why are we the BEST??
On the grounds we offer a gift shop, free rock/artifact museum, picnic area, our famous 30-foot-high, 10-ton statue of Chief Washakie; noted Chief of the Shoshone Tribe, and our very large green dinosaur; Dino, which has become a local icon. We also have lots of various rocks for sale outside, as well as other statues to see and take pictures with.
Trained guides take you on a tour of the largest Lava Ice Cave known, and describe and explain the geologic, volcanic and historic background of this recreational area.
You descend gradually on a smooth path and then stairs to a depth of 100 feet under the lava into a world of volcanic wonder and ice. The Cave is about 1700 feet long, 50 feet wide and 45 feet in height. Elevation is at about 4500 feet. It is well-lit with LED lighting so one may see all the points of interest and much more!
* One of the Natural Wonders of the World *
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