Located on Cedar Mountain, just north of Duck Creek is Mammoth Cave. Mammoth Cave is a series of lava tubes that have turned into a fun cave to explore.
To get to Mammoth Cave, take Highway 14 out of Cedar City. Keep driving until you pass Duck Creek Village. You will take the first major paved road to the left. This road connects Highway 14 to Highway 143, but driving down it you will find signs leading you to Mammoth Cave. Just follow the signs, and you will arrive.
Mammoth Cave is located right at the parking spot. There is no hiking to get to the cave. There are five entrances and three tunnels you can explore. While we were at Mammoth Cave, we only explored the two largest tunnels.
The largest tunnel is reached by going down into the main, large opening and heading to the east. There is a large metal grate that has an opening at the bottom. This opening is closed in the winter, so that the bats can have a safe place to winter. In the summer, you can crawl through the opening and go through this tunnel.
This tunnel is fairly large and wide for the most part. We were able to go through it without ducking, and the kids were able to make it just fine with their flashlights and headlamps. Right until the very end. At the very end, the exit is a tight fit. We were with a group with four adults and eight kids, the oldest of which was nine and the youngest of which had yet to turn a year. We created a chain up, helping the kids through. One of our kids affectionately named the exit to this tunnel “the birth canal.”
After we made it through this tunnel, we went back to the main entrance. We headed down the west tunnel. This is the second largest tunnel. This tunnel is shorter, but is quite a bit smaller. We had to walk ducked down for most of the tunnel.
The last section of this tunnel is very low, and the rocks are all over. You will be crawling/stomach sliding through this last section. It was comical, because our toddler, who actually could walk and slide between the rocks was also crawling on her stomach because everyone else was. This section wasn’t was loved, and my kids decided to name it as well. They named it the “massage of death.”
After we had traversed the two largest tunnels, and exited via “the birth canal” and the “massage of death” it was decided that we didn’t want to enter the third tunnel. The entrance to the third tunnel is above the entrance to the largest tunnel, and although it had been a fun experience, the thought of exiting the third tunnel was producing panic in some of the party.
I highly recommend visiting Mammoth Cave if you are in Southern Utah. The lava tubes are amazing and it is a very fun experience. The kids really enjoyed it, and they enjoyed that they can do it easier than the grownups. The two tunnels we explored were, for the most part, large and easy to explore. The exits were tenuous, but they made for great stories afterwards.