BITTER SPRINGS CAVE
About 1/3 of the way down into the cave - looking
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
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
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
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
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!
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
up for us and others who
enjoy their land.
The pictures are below, enjoy.
The final turn leading
to the cave.
This is the last section of road needed to reach the cave.
On the other side of
this hill is where you park.
Scenery on the way to
Scenery and the road
Ruins and a corral.
Left is upper room most people don't see and right is the actual
entrance to the main room.
Looking down at the 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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