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“This is Idaho”

Shoshone Indian Ice Caves
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Shoshone
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Reviewed December 27, 2011

Well, as long as you know you are in Idaho, you will love it. As explained better by other Trip Advisor folks, this is a kitschy, unique place. It is a dirty,cheap, tourist trap that is worth join to. In fact, if you are passing by, I would not miss it. I have been there twice and enjoyed both times. It takes 45 minutes, it is educational and plain ol fun.

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Reviewed July 20, 2011

If you like road side, historical attractions you'd enjoy this.
Neat facts, informative tour guides, and in the summer it will get you down in 30 degree caves for a nice cool off.
We were on our way to Sun Valley and it was a nice stop along the way.

Thank arogerson
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Reviewed June 11, 2010

You probably have to like kitschy roadside attractions to enjoy this place. We knew what we were getting into, so we enjoyed the experience. This certainly isn't a polished professionally run place, but it has a charm all its own. We had to wait about 45 minutes for the guide to return from the tour he was on when we arrived, which wasn't a big deal. We were the only people there besides the couple already on the tour. We saw no one else the entire time we were there. There are "antiques" and various mineral specimens for sale outside, a small museum of sorts, and a tacky gift shop exactly as you'd expect at a place like this. The huge concrete dinosaur with an Indian kid on his back out front pretty much defines what this place is all about, whatever that is. Our guide was a young cowboy-type who was very friendly and had interesting things to say about the cave. Pray that you get this guy and not the crotchety older man.

The actual cave is a lava tube with a frozen layer of ice on the bottom and frost crystals on the walls that make it sparkle like diamonds. The guide said, "If they really were diamonds I sure wouldn't be taking people on tours!" Be sure to take a jacket even if it is 100 degrees outside because it is literally freezing inside the cave and you'll be down there for about 30 minutes. The artifacts in the cave (bear bones, etc.) are of dubious authenticity, but just let yourself go and pretend they are real and have some kitschy fun.

I wouldn't go out of my way to see this place, but if you are in the area to see Craters of the Moon or Twin Falls, then it is only about 40 minutes away and worth that much effort. The road to get there is a normal two-lane country highway and the scenery along the way is beautiful.

7  Thank davegidd
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Reviewed May 16, 2010

My husband and I stopped here on the way to the Sawtooth Mountains. This was an interesting roadside attraction complete with brightly painted kitschy statues, a gift shop, and some antiques for sale near the parking lot. You pay for the tour in the gift shop and wait about fifteen minutes until there are enough visitors to go on the tour. The entire tour takes about 45 minutes and the tour guides are very friendly. You head toward the cave from the gift shop over volcanic stone and it can be scorching hot in the arid Idaho desert with a black lava backdrop. Once you get into the cave, the temperature shifts dramatically to about thirty degrees. You walk through the cave on a suspended wooden walkway over the glacier. The Shoshone Indian Ice Caves are the largest lava ice caves known in the world. The glacier covering the floor of the cave stays frozen due to a naturally occurring refrigeration effect known as the cold trap effect. Stopping at this attraction was a great experience and I am glad to have seen this unique cave.

6  Thank 012512Name
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Reviewed October 3, 2009

September 2009. Back in 2008 we drove past the Shoshone Indian Ice Caves as we headed up to Sun Valley, ID. Pronunced Show shown for the Native American tribe. Returning to Sun Valley area this year, we decided to take a slight diversion on our way to the Craters of the Moon National Monument in Arco, ID about 45 plus minute drive from Shoshone. From our lodging in Sun Valley it was about 35-50 minute drive to the Ice Caves. When we arrived at the Shoshone Ice Caves we needed to wait till their was sufficient mass of visitors to take the guided tour. $7.50 for adults.

The tour operators have a long term lease with the Federal government. We browsed around the museum and gift shop. There are some great rocks and some good Ice Cave souvenirs in the gift shop. it is a bit pricey.

When enough visitors arrived we then took a short hike to the Ice Caves. If you have mobility issues, then it probably better not to take this tour. The cave caused by massive lava flows, became a natural refrigerator due to nearby river seepage and based on it's natural formation. This natural refrigerator was used as sacred and spiritual place by the early Shoshone Indian inhabitants. Later on...a local farm boy stumbled upon the caves. Used for awhile to supply ice to the nearby town of Shoshone. Unfortunately a massive opening to the caves decreased the natural refrigeration and the ice disappeared. But due to a individual who was interested in the Ice Caves, the natural refrigeration was restored and eventually the ice came back. The cave itself is not really long. So once you're in the cave it does not take too long. You walk on wood planks that are suspended so it is does sway at bit.

On the way to the cave and on the way back to the gift shop, you see other lava flows and remanants of the lava's path.

If you like hiking and like to go into caves then we recommend this attraction to you.
It's not a huge cave and not a long adventure but we found it interesting enough and worth the visit

6  Thank SeminarTrekker
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