Black Ridge Cave - near Dietrich, Idaho USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member jwanlesss
N 43° 01.334 W 113° 57.576
12T E 258847 N 4767535
Security gate on desert cave
Waymark Code: WM143NW
Location: Idaho, United States
Date Posted: 04/08/2021
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
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This cave is part of a fascinating volcanic complex around Black Ridge Crater in the vast desert of southeastern Lincoln County, Idaho. Exit Highway 24 at Sid Crossing to travel a dirt road for about 16 miles into the desert. You will pass an abandoned farm field and then a water tank on your right before arriving at three collapsed sections of a lava tube below Black Ridge Crater on your left. An ATV trail to the top of the crater goes right past the cave, but the gated cave sits in a recessed crevice and probably would not be noticed by high speed ATV riders.

The cave has a short ladder made of rebar steel below the iron gate. The gate has a large central bar that slides in and out of a pipe and can be locked in the closed position. The US Bureau of Land Management uses the gate to control access to the cave and its petroglyphs. We found the gate unlocked.

There is a geocache about 100 feet east of the cave in the depression of a collapsed section of a lava tube.
Type of Land: National Forest

Managed By: Shoshone Field Office of the US Bureau of Land Management

Contact Info: 208-732-7200

Type of Cave: Lava Cave

Contains Stalactites: no

Contains Stalagmites: no

Contains Bats: no

Price of Admission: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

Website: Not listed

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