Paris Ice Cave

Useful Information

Location: Paris Canyon. 10 km west of Paris. From Hwy 89 turn west in Paris into West 2nd South Street, which becomes Paris Canyon Road. Follow the road to the parking lot at the end.
Open: Accessible from mid July.
Fee: free.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: bring torch
Dimension: A=2,382 m asl.
Guided tours:
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Paris Ice Cave is a rather small cave, located at the bottom of a doline. The water from the surrounding hills, which forms a small brook during spring, runs down the doline into the cave. So the cave is accessible as soon as the water dries out, which is normally in mid July. Because of the form of the cave, with two entrances both leading downwards into the cave, and the depht of the cave, it is very good cold trap, and contains ice during the summer.

The cave is not developed, but there is a track through the cave, and a visit is not very dangerous. Apropriate cothes, especially warm clothes because of the very low temperature are advisable. Also good shoes, lamps and probably a helmet are a very good idea.