Friday, February 17, 2012

Highland optimistic cave visitors center will become reality

Timpanogos Cave has needed a new visitors center -- fire destroyed the visitors center in 1991, and a temporary trailer has been used since -- but Highland Mayor Lynn Ritchie understands how hard it has been to get congressional consideration for funding.

Four of the proposed options proposed in an open house, call for a new visitors center to be built at the mouth of the canyon. And all four also call for a second, smaller "visitors facility" to be built at the trailhead, replacing the existing visitors center.

The government owns 37 acres at the mouth of the canyon, purchased by order of Congress, but Congress has never given funding for the new building to put on the property. The facility would jointly house the cave visitors center and headquarters, and National Forest Service offices and staff. Daily Herald