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This Hidden Cave In Arizona Has A Mini Lake You Can Swim In

It's like heading down into the rabbit hole.
This Hidden Cave In Arizona Has A Mini Lake You Can Swim In

Like us, you've probably seen your fair share of scary movies involving caves. Unlike those scary movies though, caves are far from scary and more intriguing if anything. Nestled in the mountains there's a hidden cave in Arizona that's like a labyrinth of beautiful secrets. 

The Peppersauce Cave can be found in Oracle, AZ nestled inside the Santa Catalina Mountains. You can visit this cave year-round unless weather conditions prohibit it. You'll need gear such as helmets, lights, knee pads, and rope to make your exploration go smoother. 

The Peppersauce Campground is located nearby the cave and is currently open for the season. The campground is very small and so space is limited especially if you bring your RV here. The cost is $10 per day with a limit of two vehicles. What's great is that you can also bring your pets along. 

A fun fact is that Peppersauce got its name from a prospector named Alex McCay who had camped there in the 1880s and reported his hot sauce missing. It's good to know that the hot sauce has yet to be found. Maybe it's lost in one of the nearby caves.

Leading up to the cave you'll have to go up a narrow and rocky trail. You'll also find the cave entrance is narrow and very dark. Be sure to bring lots of flashlights so you can see the cave's natural beauty.  

You should plan on wearing your least favorite clothes because you might get really dirty. There are large rooms in the cave and one of them even has a mini lake!

The lake is beautiful and if you're up for it you can climb in and enjoy the water. Inside, the caves have been marked so you can find your way back easily. If you're looking for a unique experience you and your friends can explore here for free. Just be sure to take the right gear!

Peppersauce Cave

Price: Free

Location: Oracle, AZ

Why you should go: This beautifully hidden cave has an underground lake that you can swim in. It's an adventure you can take on the weekend with your friends. 


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.