Providence Mountains and Mitchell Caverns

Mitchell Caverns, located in the heart of the Providence Mountains State Recreation Area, is a popular tourist attraction. The park is 60 miles west of Needles on Interstate 40. Spectacular and intricate limestone formations found include stalagmites, stalactites, helictites, lily pads, draperies, curtains and popcorn. First opened for tours by Jack Mitchell in 1932, the caverns were purchased by the State in 1954. They are the only limestone caverns in the State Park System.

Located at an elevation of 4,300 ft. temperatures usually remain moderate throughout the year. The most popular months to visit are October through May. Temperatures inside the caverns are a constant, comfortable 65 degrees.

Trips through the caverns are conducted by guided tours only and last about 1 1/2 hours. Although the tour is not strenuous, there is a half - mile walk to the cave entrance from the visitor center and another half - mile walk throughout the caverns on uneven ground. Tours are limited to 25 people and cost $3 for adults and $1 for children 6 - 167 (under 5 are free).

The Mary Beale Nature Trail is a self - guided walk through the desert. A trail guide describing desert plants and animals is available. Another, more strenuous, mile long trail leads to spring above the visitor center.

Six campsites with tables and fire rings are available on a first come basis. Additional camping is available in near - by National Park campgrounds.

Tour reservations may be made by calling
Mitchell Caverns direct at (760) 928-2586.
There is a $1 reservation fee per person for this service (Max. $10.00), which is in addition to the cost of the tour, assures a spot on the tour.

They are on their summer schedule up until Labor Day which is one tour a day on weekends only at 1:30 P.M.

Groups of 10 or more people must make prior reservations.
There is a $20 reservation charge for groups.

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