Redmond Caves Recreation Area Etiquette
Redmond Caves have been listed as "Significant" under the Federal Caves Resources Protection Act due to their cultural, recreational, biological, and educational values.
Given the unique historical, cultural, wildlife, and geological values of the site, visitors should practice "leave no trace ethics" when visiting the site. Leave only footprints and take nothing but pictures. This 40-acre parcel is managed for education and interpretive use, and prohibits the following activities to help protect the caves:
- Motorized and mechanized vehicles
- Campfires in the entire Redmond Caves Area, including the caves
- Overnight use, except under permit
- Placement of physical geocaches
- Paintball use
- All firearm discharge
- All rockhounding and collection of decorative stone
- Painting, marking, or otherwise defacing the caves and surrounding rocks
- Digging and excavating
- Use of fireworks or other pyrotechnic devices within the caves
- Dogs or other animals within the caves
- No smoking within the caves
Know Before You Go
These caves are preserved in their natural state; therefore, inherent risks exist that require precautions:
- Always watch for rattlesnakes.
- Leave word with someone stating what cave you will be visiting and an approximate return time.
- Take three dependable sources of light.
- Wear sturdy shoes that protect the ankle and have non-leather, non-skid, non-marking soles.
- Gloves and kneepads may be necessary and/or useful in some caves.
- Wear a helmet to protect against low ceilings.
- Take someone with you when you enter a cave—don't go alone.