There are  incredible places on this Earth.

One of those places is located north of Gooding, Idaho. Bliss and Fairfield are within a short drive as well. Southern Idaho is known for its secret caves, scattered from place to place. These caves exist because of lava left from volcanoes years ago! Because of the volcano; below the lava field’s surface, there are all shapes and sizes of lava tubes. When the lava flow stopped and the rocks cooled, Tea Kettle Cave was formed.

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Jump in the highest clearance vehicle you have and be ready for some bumps. Keep in mind that the road will be scattered with rocks and most vehicles cannot clear the ones near the end of the drive. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes, and watch out for snakes. Many hikers have witnessed snakes in the cave and suggest to keep a thoughtful eye out.

Getting into the Cave

The name of the cave comes from its shape. Imagine a teapot; then, envision the “spout” as the entrance to the cave. The cave is open just like the top of a tea pot! Climbing down the spout is a bit slippery. It looks like a slide that goes down into the body of the cave. After coming down the spout, hop down some rocks and you will be at the base of the teapot. In the center, there is a pile of rocks with a little oasis of ferns glowing in the light. If navigating around the ferns, please be mindful of your step. Because of the increase in traffic, the cave could under go changes. The more feet that step on the plants, the less likely the ferns will continue to grow. Remember there are no fires allowed in the cave, and always take trash with you.

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There are many caves like this in Southern Idaho such as Indian Tunnel, Shoshone Ice Caves, Boy Scout Cave, and others! Head to Bliss for a post adventure meal at the Oxbow Diner. If you’re driving through Gooding, we recommend Zeppe’s Pizza and Subs! You can also check out the Camas Prairie Centennial Marsh in the late spring to witness the Camas Lilies bloom, or hike around the Little City of Rocks year round!


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