Mystery cave is a state park in Minnesota. It is also known as the longest cave in Minnesota. Further, the park is said to be in the driftless area noted for its Karst Topography.
The History Of Mystery Cave
The cave was discovered in 1937 and was privately owned for over forty years. However, the owners wanted to convert the cave into a touring spot, but it ended up with the state.
Further, the state added walkways, doors, and lighting to the cave, thereby making it accessible. Moreover, the cave has all the formations such as stalagmites, stalactites, flowing water, crevices, and more.
Mystery Cave Features
The cave is well lit and also has wheelchair access. Further, the temperature is 48 degrees inside the cave. Moreover, the park also contains wildlife, from rare species such as glacial snails and timber rattlesnakes. Further, it also has common species like deer, raccoon, beaver, fox, woodchuck, and four species of squirrels.
Several reptiles and amphibians are also present at the park. Also, about 175 species of birds recorded. Moreover, the South Branch of the Root River contains Brown Trout, Brook Trout, and Rainbow Trout.
The cave offers several tours to the visitors. The reservations for the same should be made in advance else the cave functions on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The tours offered are:
Scenic Tours For Mystery Cave
This tour is proven to provide the best experience of the trip. You will see excellent examples of cave mineral deposits, along with the pools. Further, dramatic lighting is there which, highlights the features of the cave. The tour rates are as follows:
$15 for adults (age 13 and above)
$10 for children (age 5-120)
Further, there is no charge for children below the age of 5.
This tour provides an in-depth knowledge of cave geology. Moreover, the exciting feature is that the only source of light is the lantern. Further, Blue Lake will be shown on this tour, and you need to be barefoot on this tour. The tour rates are:
$18 per person (age 8 and above)
Further, this tour is not available for children below eight years of age.
Geology Tour For Mystery Cave
It is a two-hour guided tour in which you learn about the geology that led to the formation of the cave. Further, the tour is best suited for people who know cave formations and processes. This tour is not available for children below eight years of age. The tour rate is:
$23 per person (age 8 and above)
The tour specially designed for people who wish to do photography inside the cave. The tour is for 2 hours, and the distance covered depends on the preferences of the person.
Further, the photography rules must be followed. The tour rates are:
$40 per person.
The school tours are designed for children from grades K-12. The students will be exposed to rocks, speleothems, and groundwater. However, the school tours are available on pre-arrangement only.