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Ape Caves

Category: Activities
Cougar, Washington, 98616
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Ape Caves

Descend into the Ape Caves and explore the third longest continuous lava tube in all of North America. At 2.5 miles, this natural wonder was formed in an unusual lava flow more than 2,000 years ago. Since then, it's become one of the Pacific Northwest's most popular geologic attractions, with its stunning stalactites, stalagmites and unusual mineral formations. While not for everyone, this attraction is ideal for adventurous nature-enthusiasts, who don't mind a lengthy hike through one of the country's most spectacular volcanic formations.


Prices -

There is a $5 fee for parking and a $5 fee for lantern rentals.

Hours -

Open year round from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


  • Hiking
  • Tours
  • Educational opportunities


  • What types of clothing should I wear?

    Inside the lava tube, temperatures dip to 42 degrees, so visitors should dress in layers and wear rugged outer clothing. You should also bring a headlamp or flashlight and use the bathroom before going down into the caves.
  • What types of restrictions are there?

    To protect the local environment, the following items and activities are prohibited: pets, alcohol, food, fires, fireworks, smoking or camping.

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