Idaho’s Mammoth Cave & Shoshone Bird Museum Of Natural History

Idaho’s Mammoth Cave & Shoshone Bird Museum Of Natural History

Idaho’s Mammoth Cave & Shoshone Bird Museum Of Natural History
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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251 W. Thorn Creek Rd, Shoshone, ID 83352
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Melissa D
West Jordan, UT302 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We had fun as a family in this place. It is a really quirky, unique stop which is often how we like things. The grounds around the cave are covered in all kinds of interesting things. There are peacocks everywhere and they love to call and show off their feathers. The cave is big and deep. The facility provides really solid flashlights that you can take down into the cave which was really nice. There are some interesting formations and rocks to see in the cave, but it is fairly pedestrian in its offerings. It is a good walk deep into the Earth, but there aren't a lot of pretty or exotic formations.

The bird museum has TONS of stuff. Things are tucked into every available corner so there is something to see everywhere you look.

It was worth the trip, but it is out of the way so be aware of that. Part of the road is dirt although it was well maintained.

We enjoyed this stop, but I think it probably isn't for everyone.
Written July 29, 2022
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messier27
Fountain, CO222 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Solo
The cave is unimpressive. It goes back a fair distance but there are no cave features- stalactites, stalagmites, etc... the natural history museum is better. Some of the taxidermy seems off, but overall it's worth the stop
Written May 20, 2021
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George H
Lovelock, NV20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This was definitely worth the stop. We just happened to see the sign as we went by to the ice caves. Glad we stopped on the way back. The museum was amazing. A little creepy, but that was part of the charm. If you are into animals of the world, it is a must see for sure. The cave was worth the hike too. HUGE!
Written June 20, 2022
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Fishinggall49
Idaho Falls, ID68 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
We went to Mammoth Cave in Idaho. It is a self guide tour. You are given hand held lanterns with LED lights. Round trip walk, is about 1/2 mile. 40 degress inside. Some of you might need a jacket. NOT HANDICAP FRIENDLY!! NO DOGS ALLOWED!!
The outside looked like an old junk yard. Overgrown wees, not pavd, very dusty. No shade, either.
You went inside to pay. No Senior discount or military discount. NO discount of any kind in fact. They have a museum full of stuffed animals (taxidermy) and other items. Quite a collection in all. It was Very dirty. It was Very dusty. You could tell it hadn't been cleaned in several years. Some of the animals' skins were coming apart at the sewing lines. Spider cobwebs all over the place. No A/C in the room either.
The cave it self was quite interesting. It is actually a lava tube. You walked on a bumpy path (not paved), also, there was no way to get a wheelchair in there.
No snack bar. No gift shop. No free brochures about the place. If you had to go to the bathroom, they had an outhouse. A REAL outhouse. No water to wash your hands after wards. No sanitary gel either.
We went over to to see the 4 emus he had on the property. NO WATER in the pen. NO FOOD in the pen. We saw some dried out bagels on the ground. we threw them in the pen and the emus ate like they were starving. No way to treat animals for sure.
It is a place I recommend you DO NOT go to.
Written July 14, 2017
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windstarID
Twin Falls, ID292 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Family
I've driven by this place countless times, thinking I'll have to check it out someday. Finally did, and was amazed at what I found!

The cave itself is pretty cool (literally) -- a half-mile lava tube, into which you can hike a quarter-mile with a provided lantern. It's an easy hike, not too steep, but the trail is narrow and wouldn't accommodate a wheel chair.

The natural history museum -- included with the $10 adult admission (cash only!) -- is incredible. You'll never come across a museum with so many artifacts of all different ages from all over the world displayed up close and personal. Local Indian artifacts, 2,000-year-old items from the Holy Land, treasures from the Mayan and Incan cultures, Inuit tools, ceremonial masks from Africa, dinosaur and mammoth fossils, and on and on. There are mounted displays of animals from around the world, too. All housed in a unique round building constructed of lava rock.

If you are into natural history at all, this is a must-see. Figure at least an hour. Posted hours: 9-6 daily during the summer.
Written July 7, 2013
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Dee
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
It was, for lack of a better word, bizarre. When we first got out everyone more or less agreed that we felt like this place was a setting for a horror movie. The "Bird Museum" was a bunch of peacocks wandering around freely and some ostriches in a pen. The whole area looked like a cross between an abandoned mini golf course and a junkyard. The cave was pretty cool (but 10 dollars cash only seemed a bit steep) but it was really short. The Museum was this really dusty collection of random things shoved into a single room, there was also a mouse trap on one of the cases with a warning not to touch it. Overall it wasnt a BAD experience, just a really really weird one.
Written May 6, 2019
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simpleyme
Washington802 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
WE had gone to craters of the moon and added this to our day ,when you go there are three cave attractions and it is impossible to tell them apart as it seems clear they are all trying to confuse you and get you to go to their cave. But after reading about these caves this is the one I wanted no matter which way you come to the cave this one is the second one you come a crossed. You turn and go up a gravel road this place is a junk pile LOL just neat crap everywhere old truck ,art projects ,Emus ,peacocks tires just tons of junk, the restroom is a outhouse with a iffy handle ! Looking around you figure out which building to go into we met a guy who could not care anything about the place he took our money barely answered our questions and he was busy watching tv. We went down the path to the cave and for reasons I do not understand along the path were literally HUNDREDS of yellow and red dragon fly's! The landscape was dry and hot and they were resting on the tips pf the sage brush, honestly it was just beautiful and you would get really close and they would stir it was just fantastic! Normally I am scared of bugs,but it was like being surrounded by butterflies so cool! Of course my pictures did not turnout well ;( We went mid july not sure if that is some special time in a dragon fly life cycle or something but it was spectacular.
The cave was cool not beautiful or anything but it would be so cool to own a cave ,think about it you could charge people 10 bucks to go in it .
The Museum is really cool someone really put out the money and collected some rare things ,it is dirty and unorganized but worth seeing.
Honestly this over all is so bad it is good,have low expectations if you go !
Written August 7, 2017
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BusyMomwith4
Washington14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017
We love to visit caves and this cave and it's museum are interesting.We visited both Mammoth Cave and Indian Ice Cave in the same day. We couldn't find reviews that compared them so I think I will leave a comparison here.

Mammoth Cave is like stepping back in time. You drive out into the middle of no where and land "back in time." You step out of your car to the bird farm area. We saw emu and seagulls. The "outhouse" is out amongst the bird area. Continuing on you enter the "museum." You pay in the museum for your self-guided tour through the cave. There is a walkway down to the caves, it is a ramp and we did see a wheel chair being pushed through the cave. They provide lanterns and they have information signs spaced along the trail. The trail is marked, there are no other lights in the cave except the lantern you bring in with you. This cave was not really "cold" as we walked through. We did have hoodies with us but we did not need them. We did visit the "museum" after walking the cave. The museum consists of hundreds ... no, thousands of artifacts, taxidermy wildlife, and interesting things from nature (two headed sheep, two bodied sheep, other two headed beasts, etc). The amount of items in this museum compares to non other I have ever visited. We did speak with a member of the family who owns the cave, though he didn't give lots of information very freely. Mammoth cave is less tidy/kept up as compared to Indian Caves.

Indian Ice Cave is clean, it has green out houses, it is mostly a gift shop with a small museum to look at while you wait for your guided tour which begin on the hour and half past the hour. This tour does require walking on uneven ground and has multiple (100+) stairs. The cave is well lit and has a wood suspension walkway that has a hand rail but is damp not slippery. The ice is definitely visible on your tour of the cave. The temperature being below 30 degrees really wasn't noticeable with just a light hoodie after being in the heat.

After these two reviews I have to say these locations were very different from each other and my teenagers preferred Indian Ice Caves. I think each location had unique qualities and hopefully this review will help people who only have time to visit one location decide which fits their individual needs best!
Written July 3, 2017
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Angela R
Twin Falls2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
Honestly, the only good thing about visiting Mammoth Cave except the peacock feathers my son collected, was the sighting of a lovely gopher snake. Other than that, the cave is not very long and you have to stay on a dirt trail, the museum is a hoarding nightmare with buckets of water and dead rats rotting in them, the property itself has trash everywhere and looks like most of the stuff on it should be at a dump and the poor animals have no clean water and are not taken care of. The donkey had tufts of matted hair sticking out all over, there was a dead, rotting carcass of one of the ducks in front of the pen and the land was covered in weeds and tumbleweeds. I don't know how they stay in business!! Way overpriced at $10 a person!! Don't waste your time or money!!
Written July 21, 2015
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Patty W
Ogden, UT964 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
This cave was used as a fallout shelter in the late 50's, and was used for 20 years. There is no electricity on the site. When you go into the cave you are handed a propane lantern. It is like going back in time. There is a museum in a building that has all kind of cool artifacts from around the world.

There are peacocks walking around the area. The cave is actually a lava tube. If you liked usual places and things, Mammoth Cave is for you.
Written July 7, 2013
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