August 30, 2018

Dear Friends,

I’m writing to remind you that, while we are very excited to begin our long-anticipated project to replace the visitor center and improve the safety of our parking facilities, it will require us to close the trail after Labor Day, September 3. I know that this is very disappointing to all of you looking forward to cool fall days on the trail in this beautiful canyon.If we could complete the work within our schedule and budget and still leave the trail open we would, but the road and parking lot work must be done as weather and temperatures allow, and it must be done before the building construction can begin. By starting in early September, we can complete the road work this fall and hope for final project completion in early June. 

Please know that the entire cave trail – along with all of the Monument lands south of State Route 92 – is closed to public use beginning on the afternoon of Labor Day, September 3. This closure includes evenings, weekends, and holidays. Please help us all by staying out of the closed area until the work is completed.

You should also know that we will have just one lane of traffic in the construction area from September 4 until at least the end of October. This will cause some delays for motorists, especially on busy weekends. We will do everything we can to keep the traffic flowing, but please be patient and plan for this as you travel up and down the canyon.

Thanks for your understanding and your support. I cannot emphasize enough that I understand how much you love this trail and want to be here often throughout the year. We have fantastic volunteers who get up early every morning to open the gate and provide for the safety of hikers. My hope is that we can expand this program in the future to keep the trail open longer for your use. For now, though, please bear with us and help us as we complete this big construction project.

Jim Ireland
Timpanogos Cave National Monument