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Paris Ice Cave – Bear Lake – Bear River Mountains
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Overview
Location

Paris Canyon, Idaho

Sights

Paris Ice Cave

Time Required

10-60 Minutes

Pets

Yes

Fees

No

Best Season

Summer, Fall

Trail Condition

Mostly open cave that requires one small stoop/crawl

Restrooms

No

Visitor Center

No

Camping

Yes

Food

No

GPS Coordinates:

Paris Ice Cave:42.23127N, 111.56047W

Driving Directions



The Trail:

Paris Ice Cave is a small cave in the Bear River Mountains that is a very popular destination to those visiting nearby Bear Lake. It can pretty easily be done in a day with a visit to Bloomington Lake. While the cave is pretty cool I think getting to it is more fun. It can be accessed by most any vehicle from Bear Lake on an easy dirt road or from Emigration Canyon in Preston, Idaho by 4×4 vehicles. Here is a short video of our off road adventure reaching the caves.

Just outside the cave there are good views of Paris Peak. The canyon itself is very forested and pretty.

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The opening to the cave is pretty visible and marked by a National Forest sign.

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The cave itself can be pretty anti climatic if you are expecting huge caves. People often also go in the cave and don’t even see the actual cavern because they don’t know you have to crawl/ stoop under a ledge. Here is a short video on navigating the cave.

The entrance is very large and helped by a small boardwalk through a tunnel to where is opens in a large opening with a skylight.

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There is often snow in this area which is why some people mistake it for the cave. The actual entrance is in the corner of this room where you stoop into the larger cavern. There are ice formations year round in this cave. We visited in August when there is the least amount of ice but its still pretty fun.

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Personal Thoughts:

I would not plan a trip just to see this cave but it is worth seeing for sure if you are in the area and there is a lot of fun off roading in the area.

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Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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