We're always looking for new adventures to tackle. If you're up for channeling your inner Indiana Jones, then prepare for the ultimate journey. There's an underground hike in Utah that'll take you through an actual lava tube. You're not scared of dark caves though, are you?

The Mammoth Cave in Duck Creek Village is one of the biggest lava tubes in the state and features over "2200 feet of passages and five entrances."

It's free to visit and is open from May through October, however, extreme weather conditions can make adventuring here unsafe. 

Upon seeing the cavern for the first time, it'll appear as a large gorge or hole in the ground. It's believed that this lava tube is only a few thousand years old and was formed by "cooling lava and flowing water." 

If you're up for it, you and your friends can explore it. We recommend bringing shoes with good grip, flashlights, and warm clothes. It remains a cool temperature year-round. 

You can only visit here seasonally because bats reside there and it ensures that they can hibernate undisturbed. 

Although the 0.25-mile path seems short, it'll feel like you've stepped back in time. Why not invite your friends along for added fun?

The best part about this underground trek is that there are two exits!

You can choose to go out the way you came or if you're up for a challenge, you can leave through the small tube at the end. There's only room for you to slide out on your stomach. So be prepared to get a little dirty.

Why go home when you can visit another cave closeby after? The Ice Cave features icicles year-round. How cool is that?

If you binge horror movies all day like we do, then you're probably thinking that this hike is similar to the movie The Descent. There have been no reports of humanoid cannibals though, so you're welcome.

If we just freaked you out, no worries. Utah is filled with beautiful places that'll make you swoon. 

Mammoth Cave

Difficulty: Easy

Length: Approx. 0.25-miles

Address: Duck Creek Ridge Rd., Duck Creek Village, UT

Why You Need To Go: You can explore an actual underground lava tube for free. 


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.