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Batty Pass Caves Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews

Batty Pass Caves Trail is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Escalante, Utah that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 4.8 miles Elevation Gain: 226 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips


bird watching



no shade

historic site

no dogs

Batty Pass Caves trail leads to caves carved out of the rock by two brothers, Bill and Cliff Lichtenhahn in the 1950s and 1960s. The trail starts on an old double track through flat desert and then converts to a single track as it enters the hills. The brothers created table tops checkerboards, and other articles out of petrified wood, jasper and other stone. Of the three caves, two were used as workshops and one as living quarters. Today, the caves contain the remains of old beds, a boat, shelves, and machinery. An old, rusted out car sits in front.

9 months ago

4 stars because we did not hike to the caves. We were able to drive all the way to the caves in a ford cargo van. Most of the dirt road was ok, you may need the high clearance to make it to the end, but there is a wild camping area close to the trail where you could park a sedan and walk the remainder. Caves were nice and cool inside and an interesting look into the history of the brothers.

Tue May 01 2018

Unique story with the brothers carving out and living in the caves. Fun little detour when hiking the more challenging hikes in the ares.

ohv/off road driving
Thu Apr 26 2018

Three caves carved out of rock where two men lived.

3 months ago

9 months ago

Sat May 19 2018