Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, 11 km south of Columbia, Boone County.
Follow U.S. Highway 63 south, turn right on Rd 163 west towards Pierpoint to the park. Signposted.
Wild Cave Tours:
15-APR to 16-MAY Sat, Sun.
01-AUG to 08-OCT Sat, Sun.
A-level tour: $25.
B-level tour: $25.
C-level tour: $30.
D-level tour: $40.
|Classification:||Karst cave River cave|
|Dimension:||L=10,758 m, VR=0 m.|
|Guided tours:||D=6-10 h.|
|Address:||Devil's Icebox, Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, 5901 South Hwy. 163, Columbia, MO 65203, Tel: +1-573-449-7402. E-mail:|
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|2010||cave temporarily closed due to white nose syndrome.|
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is a fine example for a karst area, located south of Columbia, Missouri. The main sight is the Devil's Icebox Boardwalk, a 800 m long trail leading to many karst features of the park. This includes the Rock Bridge, which gave the park its name, Connor's Cave, a karst spring, a doline and at the far end the entrance to Devil's Icebox Cave. Beneath this trail there are 24 kilometers of trails in the park.
Devil's Icebox Cave is a wild cave, which can be visited on cave trekking tours guided by park rangers. There are tours of four different difficulty levels offered, from level A to D, where level A does not include crawling, and D requires a proof of caving abilities and excellent physical condition. All tours include a 45 minutes long briefing about safety issues and equipment, and a 400 m walk to the cave entrance, where a canoe has to be carried. The cave tours include stooping, crawling, climbing and of course wading in cold water.
Devil's Icebox Cave has almost 11 kilometers of passages, many are water filled. The first 800 m of the entrance passage is a water passage which is done by boat. The difficulties are the Low Spot and several shallows, where the canoe has to be carried by the cavers. The low spot is a three metre long section where the ceiling comes down to the water surface and participants have to lye flat in their canoe to fit through.
The park provides helmets, canoes, paddles and life jackets. Personal equipment must be brought, including appropriate clothing, rubber boots, lights, and food and drink. Clean clothes to change afterwards are a good idea. We would suggest some neoprene, cave suit and caving helmet with lamp if you have. Lights should be water proof.