BITTER SPRINGS CAVE

 

 

 

 

Bittersprings cave 
About 1/3 of the way down into the cave - looking down

Bittersprings cave

Same spot as the top photo, but looking up.


    This is the best cave within a hundred plus miles of Page, AZ. It has a large entry that is a bit risky if you are not careful and watch where you step. If you go, plan on
getting your pants dirty and dusty. Once you get in keep your eyes open for some nice dogtooth calcite crystals. The largest we've seen are about 1 1/2" long and very
well formed, but they are opaque.
    The first room is quite large and goes down at a steep angle. If you take your time and watch where you put your feet you should have no problem. Some of the
boulders you might step on may move some, so take your time going down and coming back up. Every so often stop and look back up behind you. Just remember it's
easier going down than coming back up.
    At the bottom of the first room there are several openings that you can shine one of your two flashlights through. Yes, I said two! When you go into a cave or old mine
always take a backup light along. If you loose your light in the second room and you don't have a backup along you are in a heap of trouble! You would have to grope
along and hope you were going the right way. Another good thing to remember is to look behind you frequently so you know which way is out. Fortunately with this cave
out is usually up.
    The second room may have live bats in it, but they just hang around most of the time. If your light glitters on the walls of the second room it is probably a thin drusy
layer of quartz that cover some of the slabs of limestone.
    There are several opening that go down from this room but I have not had the time to follow them.
    When you get to the bottom of the first room you need to go to the left behind a large slab. There is an opening you must cross and then you can walk upright to the
second room. While you're at the bottom of the first room watch the walls and you can see curly projection coming from them. This extruded mineral looks like gypsum.
    Be sure to take something to drink and maybe a snack with you, and plan on several hours of fun.
    Our old directions are no longer accurate due to changing conditions so we made a trip to the cave and have updated the directions to a series of coordinates starting
at the highway turnoff. Remember things change, such as road conditions or existance. We recommend a high-clearance vehicle and a 4X4 will smooth out the ride in
some places. I would avoid going there during the wet season.

Directions there -

Turn west off Highway 89 (1 mi south of Tanner Wash Bridge).
N 36° 35.179'  W 111° 39.064' Keep to the best looking roads as you go along.

N 36° 34.659'  W 111° 39.568' Keep right

N 36° 34.460'  W 111° 39.800' Right

N 36° 34.515'  W 111° 39.835' Left

N 36° 34.906'  W 111° 40.587' Road check - are you on the right road?

N 36° 35.276'  W 111° 42.154' Left

N 36° 35.491'  W 111° 42.827' Ruins/corral

N 36° 36.527'  W 111° 43.131' Left

N 36° 36.703'  W 111° 43.518' Down hill

N 36° 36.901'  W 111° 44.022' Left - Look close or you can miss this turn and watch where the road goes.

N 36° 36.808'  W 111° 44.120' Park

    Look for a big deep hole in the ground. If you have any kids along BE CAREFUL!
    You can walk right up to the edge and fall in. You would fall about 80 feet!
   Warning: Do not enter without proper equipment!! We will NOT be there to offer assistance, so you are on your own! Be sure to let someone know where you will be!
   For those who aren't too sure about entering the cave there are fossils all around the area, mostly coral and other marine fossils. Also if you look over the edge of the little canyon to the south you might find some calcite crystals, but the host rock is quite hard. If you choose to try remove them you will need good chisels and some eye
protection. Look in the light tan colored rocks.

   This is Navajo land, so be sure to show respect for their land! They allow us to visit these great places because we don't damage anything, so please don't screw things
up for us and others who enjoy their land.

   The pictures are below, enjoy.

final turn
The final turn leading to the cave.

the road to the cave
This is the last section of road needed to reach the cave.

on the other side of this hill
On the other side of this hill is where you park.

scenery shot
Scenery on the way to the cave.

more scenery
Scenery and the road traveled.

ruins and corral
Ruins and a corral.

upper room entrance
Left is upper room most people don't see and right is the actual entrance to the main room.

the opening
Looking down at the entrance.

entrance
The actual entrance when you get down the narrow path and climb around the boulders to the floor of the cave.



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