Bring a light jacket and hike this 54-degree cavern which offers three tours. Learn about geology and history on the ... More
Cave of the Winds
Bring a light jacket and hike this 54-degree cavern which offers three tours. Learn about geology and history on the Discovery Tour, or go back in time on the Lantern Tour, listening to tales from the past and using only lanterns for light. The physically challenging Explorers Trip is an adventure through undeveloped passageways and chambers. Tours range from 45 minutes to four hours. Hours vary seasonally; check the website for more details.
I'd been to a few other caves when I was younger, but dont remember too much. I went to Cave of the Winds this spring with a few friends I graduated high school with and we had a blast! We weren't going to learn all about the science of caves or anything, we just came to have a good time. I recommend the lantern tour! It was so much fun! I learned a lot about the history of the cave, and had an awesome time! It was one of my favorite things in Manitou. I don't think its a tourist trap at all, just a good adventure! The silly ropes course is definately stupid though. Unless maybe your 8 years old.
If you have ever been to another cavern/cave don't bother to go to this one. It's not worth the $18 admission to be led around looking at a a few (very few) structures by a young kid who obviously tells the same lame and predictable jokes all day.
I was here when I was 13 and wanted to re-visit it as an adult. I have been to other caverns and it is very disappointing when compared to others. If it was the first cave I'd ever been in, I wouldn't enter another. The drive up the mountain to the entrance is on the side of the mountain with hairpin curves and beautiful views. The observation deck is wonderful, but you could experience that without spending a dime. We had to wait 2 hours for our tour, and then we were in a large group with very obnoxious people who made it their sole aim to show how UNknowledgeable the tour guide was. She was a very nice person and did her best, but the company apparently does not train very well. Easily answered questions were answered with, "You know, I really don't know that..." and any challenges were met with, "Oh well, that's what they teach me to say." Pay attention to the signs about stairs, there are wooden stairs, steel stairs, stone stairs, uneven stairs, small stairs, and my thighs burned for several days. :D I will not return-not worth the money or the time. The cave formations aren't even lit very well. It seems that if they would at least use some colored gels to point out different formations, it would add some interest to the tour.
We've been to cave's all over the country and each and every one of them has something different to offer. I really loved the Dragon that was pointed out to us. Also loved to watch the Hummingbird's at their feeder's while waitng to go in for our tour.
This is truely an example of how man can ruin a beautiful place. WE were paced in a group of 40 (including small children and infants). We had crying babies the entire way- nonstop. We were packed into a small space and could barely hear the tour guide. You couldn't jpay me to go back into that situation again. A pure tourist trap!
The title say's it all, caves are meant to be natual looking not full of concrete. They single handedly killed this cave due to greed.The price is a rip off and they still won't you to pay ten dollars for a photo that they would probably throw away.They should include picture in the price of admisson.The guides try there best at what they are given but there jokes are (what can I say you make up your own mind)they need a new script writer.As for the formation they show you? well do I need to say any more.The only good thing that came out of it is my wife conquered her fear of closed in spaces.
As far as caves go, this one is about as small and lackluster as any I,ve seen. The price for the basic or short tour is 18.00, way too much. The guides are teenagers who have little knowledge or concern about giving a good tour. There is very little to see in this attraction. A total waste of time and energy. I would not recomend this attraction if it was free.
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