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Hubbard Cave Road

Beginning Elevation: 6,950 Feet (2166.5 Meters) left fork of road #115
Difficulty: Difficult four-wheel drive needed, narrow, slippery when wet
Elevation Gain: 1,459 Feet (454.8 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 8,400 Feet (2618.5 Meters) Hubbard Cave Trailhead
Length, One-way: 9 Miles (15.0 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 1910
Usage: Light

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General Description

Hubbard Cave Road takes you to within 1/4 mile of Hubbard Cave. Hike the trail to the cave which has approximately 3,000 feet of passage with a vertical relief of only 50 feet. Geologists think the cave was formed by an explosion caused by a stream derived from groundwater in the lower beds of Leadville Limestone and Dyer Dolomite. The cave is a rectangular network of three parallel passages, each with its own entrance. There are large quantities of cave coral, but it is mostly restricted to the upper level. The Grape Room, deep in the cave has unusual small, rounded botryoid formations. The Gypsum room has a large concentration of gypsum flowers, gypsum blisters, selenite needles and angel's hair. remember, all cave features are protected by law. Help preserve this natural wonder for future generations to enjoy.

Directions from Glenwood Springs: Follow Highway 82 east from Glenwood Springs for three miles. Take a left onto Red Canyon Road (County Road #115). Go 2 1/2 miles and take a left into an open area and past a gravel pit. Travel two miles and take a right on to a rough four-wheel drive road that winds up the hill. CAUTION: this road is impassable when wet! The road is also extremely narrow, with scrub oak hanging into the road which will scratch wider vehicles. After going 4 1/2 miles, there is a parking area with a trail register near the entrance of the cave. There are no facilities at this site.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: April through October (NOTE: Spring rain and Early snow may make this road impassable.) .

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Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Hubbard Cave Road takes you to within 1/4 mile of Hubbard Cave. Hike up the trail to the cave which has approximately 3,000 feet of passage with a vertical relief of only 50 feet.

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ICON Caving Hubbard Cave
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ICON Four-Wheel Driving Hubbard Cave Four-Wheel Drive Road
ICON Hiking & Walking Hubbard Cave Trail
ICON Mineral Identification Hubbard Cave
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Visitor Information:

Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, 1102 Grand Ave. , Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601, Phone: 888-4GLENWOOD, www.glenscape.com


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