Boulder Cave to close for improvements

OKANOGAN-WENATCHEE NATIONAL FOREST NEWS RELEASE -- Boulder Cave Day Use Site will be closed beginning July 7th through the rest of the year for improvements. Okanogan-Wenatchee N.F. recreation managers are utilizing a Federal Highways grant to refurbish the popular hiking and picnic area.

The Naches Ranger District plans to update the day use site with newer facilities and enhanced parking areas. Improvements include a new water system, new benches on the river trail, and new bathrooms. The picnic area will have new tables with new fire rings and the existing shelter structure will be repaired. Recreation managers also plan to reorganize the parking lot to safely accommodate more vehicles.

On a busy visitor weekend hundreds of people frequent Boulder Cave. Visitors can make a short hike up to the cave created by cooled lava forming layers of basalt and sediment. Hikers can walk all the way through the cave provided they have a bright flashlight or headlamp.

After July 7th of this year no vehicles or foot traffic will be permitted at Boulder Cave. The Naches Ranger District will reopen the Boulder Cave Day Use Site in April 2015. When the site is reopened, visitors can continue to either pay the $5 day fee or have a Northwest Forest Pass.