Caves of the Dome are located beneath Horseshoe Mesa at the bottom of Grandview Trail.
Following are a few photos captured at the entrance to, and inside the cave.
The entrance to the cave is on the west side of Horseshoe Mesa
. The current access situation must be obtained from the Backcountry Office
in Grand Canyon Village
prior to launching the expedition. Leaving a plan with them will be extremely wise and it is always wise to check out and back in.
The cave on the edge of Horseshoe Mesa which hosts one entry point to Caves of the Dome
The squeeze at the bottom of the entry cave which allows access into the Cave of the Domes
The caves are complex, dusty and dirty. Coveralls and air filters are important. Ledgers to document route in combination with digital photographs of ahead and back access decisions will be helpful for day end extraction. All photos will be flash in absolute darkness so extra lithium batteries are a must. Please, do not mark the walls of the cave!
The view through the squeeze on extrication from Caves of the Dome
The Caves of the Dome are challenging to reach and access but they offer a cool refuge from the heat of the desert in combination with fascinating subterranean scenery. The caves should be entered by experienced and well-equipped spelunkers working within a team environment. Navigation within the complex cave is challenging and the environment is very dusty and dirty. Facial air filtration devices are recommended in combination with powerful headlamps on rock helmets. Wear coveralls and knee protection. Seal neck, sleeve and leg openings to reduce dust infiltration.