Tea Pot and Dead Horse Caves OHV Trail

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Bliss, Idaho

Tea Pot and Dead Horse Caves OHV Trail is a 42.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bliss, Idaho that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for off road driving.

Length42.6 miElevation gain2,109 ftRoute typeLoop
OHV/Off-road drivingCaveViewsWaterfallWildlifeRockyScrambleNo shade
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Trailer to the starting point just off Hwy. 26 near Bliss, Idaho. The first stop is at a partially frozen waterfall on the "Y" Canal. On the way to the Tea Pot or Tea Kettle Cave, stop by a smaller cave next to the trail.  As you arrive at Tea Pot, you will have to enter it by climbing down the spout. Next stop is the Dead Horse Cave. The main cave is about 100 yards in length and 50 - 60 feet wide in places. The entrance has concrete steps and the cement benches have been constructed on both sides of the cave. If you want you can walk and crawl through several hundred yards of secondary caves that were once connected to the main cave. The cave roof has also collapsed at several points along the route. Heading out to the Hole in the Wall Cabin, you will pass by Bray Lake and upon arrival, the Hole in the Wall cabin doesn't exist. It is a very scenic area though. Ride to the saddle to the west and view Ferguson Flats instead. If you backtrack you can visit the Crist Cabin on Dry Creek.

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Matt Clearman
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Scenic driving

Tea Kettle cave was awesome and worth a visit even if it’s not a “hike”. That said, do not follow do this OHV trail unless you have a high clearance vehicle. My 4Runner did fine but it was slower than I thought it would be. Google Maps took us north out of Bliss on way back roads and to a canal without a bridge. If I visited again I’d get into Gooding, ID and drive west on Dead Horse Cave Road and then it’s just a mile down to Tea Kettle. The other caves/tubes are neat as well if you’re into that kind of thing. Bring a powerful flashlight!

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Bryce Call
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Stephanie Lee
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Hiking

The road was a little rough for my Kia Sorento and I wasn’t able to drive all the way to dead horse cave. So I parked and hiked. Dead horse cave was cool. I hiked out to Bray lake as well. Not the most exciting but certainly better than staying at home. I didn’t make it to tea pot cave but I plan to come out here again with my mountain bike to go all the way out there.

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Taya Cluff
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

Such an amazing awe inspiring place the go! If you want to get close to the cave you need a high clearance vehicle, if not you can park near the horse cave and hike to the tea kettle cave but that will take a long time. But it’s worth it either way! Loved it! Slippery climb down in, be careful !

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Misty Payne
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Rocky

This place was amazing..

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Nicholas Stewart
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HikingRocky

These are really cool places to visit. The caves are huge!!! The map provided is not the easiest way to get there. I’m pretty new to the app, but I’ll see if there’s a way I can update the directions. You can travel to the dead horse caves with practically any vehicle, Even a car. After that( to get to tea kettle cave ) the road gets a bit rockier and you will need a pickup truck or off road vehicle. You can get to bray lake pretty easily with almost any vehicle, you might have to get out and kick rocks off the dirt road thou, so drive slow.

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Taylor Norby
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HikingRocky

It's a really cool cave, but the trail is really nothing special. The road is about a 20 minute drive.

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David Nicholas
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This was just an ok trail. 90% of this trail you can take a truck on. Nothing special.

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Zach Stern
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Brian Turner
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