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Cool Caves in North America

posted in: North America  |  posted by: Ian Harrison on July 13, 2010  |  2 Comments

Caves. We can’t get enough of ‘em.

The deep dark places of the world provide a seductive hint of danger and a palpable glimpse into the unknown. The cave systems here are some of the most spectacular in North America. Though not always the most accessible (or even open to the public at large for that matter), they always reward the efforts of intrepid tourists (at least the ones that qualify as “show caves” that is).

Arctomys Cave, Mount Robson Provincial Park, British Columbia

Arctomys Cave in Mount Robson Provincial Park is a gem within British Columbia’s vast Rocky Mountains. With a depth of more than half a kilometre, the cave is number one in depth in Canada.

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Close To The Edge Provincial Park and Protected Area, Prince George, British Columbia

The aptly-titled Close To The Edge Provincial Park and Protected Area in Prince George was established to conserve the integrity of a magnificent cave that plunges to a depth of 472 metres.

Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Vancouver Island’s Horne Lake Caves are well worth the 60 km trip from Nanaimo – let alone the slightly longer 214 km journey from Vancouver.

Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park

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Castleguard Cave, Banff National Park, Alberta

Banff was Canada’s first national park and is home to some of the most breathtaking, iconic scenery in the Great White North. Castleguard Cave is a notable point of interest that should not be missed.

Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Banff National Park, Alberta

Likewise for another Banff gem, the awesome Cave and Basin National Historic Site. The Alberta attraction bubbles with geothermal mineral waters and features a massive underground cavern. Human activity here dates back more than 10,000 years.

Johnston Canyon, Banff

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Trou du Diable, St-Casimir, Quebec

The Trou du Diable, or Devil’s Hole, is a cave that meanders for close to 1 km under the diminutive village of St-Casimir, some 80 km southwest of Quebec City.

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Big Bone Cave, Tennessee

One of the most notable caves in the Volunteer State was the site of a major discovery in 1811: the skeletal remains of a giant ground sloth.

Cathedral Caverns State Park, Alabama

We love Alabama for places like Birmingham, Montgomery and the Gulf Coast. Cathedral Caverns State Park however, has to rank near the top of the list.

California Caverns, Cave City, California

The state of California is without question, cave country. The appropriately-named California Caverns of Cave City tell you all you need to know. Mark Twain and John Muir were big fans.

Black Chasm Cave, Volcano, California

The quaint town of Volcano is a foremost California Historical Landmark with a superlative National Natural Landmark in Black Chasm Cave.

Black Chasm Cave, Volcano, California

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Lechuguilla Cave, New Mexico

The nonpareil Lechuguilla Cave is fifth-longest in the world and deepest in the United States. The Carlsbad Caverns National Park standout was a key player in the landmark BBC Planet Earth documentary.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Cave of the Winds, Colorado

The Pikes Peak region outside of Colorado Springs is one of the best spots in the Rocky Mountain state of Colorado. The Cave of the Winds is a popular point of interest, with daily tours available for visitors.

Cave of the Winds, Colorado

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Cave of the Mounds, Wisconsin

Cave of the Mounds is a marvelous National Natural Landmark near Blue Mounds State Park, Wisconsin. Visitors can easily access the area from the state capital, Madison.

Blanchard Springs Caverns, Arkansas

Ozark National Forest is one of America’s most beautiful natural areas, with a phenomenal three-level cave system in Blanchard Springs Caverns.

Blanchard Springs, Arkansas

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Sea Lion Caves, Oregon

The opportunity to witness sea lions in their natural habitat is not the only reason to visit this remarkable cave system in Oregon but it may be the most notable.

Sea Lion Caves, Oregon

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Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

This incredible, peerless national park in the fine state of Kentucky contains one of the best known caves on the planet. Mammoth is the longest subterranean system in recorded history and holds two major distinctions as both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve.

Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

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