Cave Conservation

Caves are very fragile, it is illegal to damage or remove formations or anything else from the inside of a cave. Formations will not grow back for thousands of years. Many animals that you may see in a cave are also protected by law and should not be disturbed.

Most caves do not clean themselves. Trash, paint, human waste, food crumbs will all remain in a cave for a very long time and impact the cave environment. Always pack out everything you take into the cave.

Even the simple act of touching a pristine cave wall with your hands can cause damage. Skin oils prevent cave formations from forming and mud will turn beautiful white cave walls into a dingy brown. Even your clothing can cause damage – accumulations of lint and detergent traces have been shown to damage caves.

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