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Cathedral Cave is located in Onondaga Cave State Park. The tour begins at the campground showerhouse. Before entering the cave, you'll have a one-third mile walk up Deer Run Trail to the cave's entrance. Once inside the cave, the tour lasts about 90 minutes. The cave temperature is 57ºF (13ºC). The tour is limited to the first 30 people. It is more strenuous than the Onondaga Cave tour and covers 1.66 miles round trip.
Most, if not all, of Cathedral Cave is hollowed in the Gasconade dolomite, which was laid down approximately 440 million years ago. The cave consists of two distinct sections: a dimensionally larger and presumably older passage with its entrance high on the campground valley hillside; and the much longer, narrower, younger and lower (both in passage size and elevation) cave stream passage, which intersects the stream at right angles near the Cathedral column - the premier speleothem in the cave.
Admission prices are $8 for adults; $7 for ages 13-19 and 65 and older; and $6 for ages 6-12. Children younger than age 6 are admitted free.
Tours of Cathedral Cave are offered:
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