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Darby Wind Caves

A great short hike in the Teton Range

Darby Wind Caves in Wyoming 2020 - Best Time
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The Darby Wind Caves is the major attraction of the Teton Valley and Jedidiah Smith Wilderness, not far from Driggs, Wyoming. In addition to a cave to explore, hikers get fantastic views and wildlife watching, a walk along a beautiful creek, and meadows with huckleberries and wildflowers. The best time to hike to the cave is from June through September or early October.

The Darby Wind Caves trail is about 9.6 km (6 mi) round trip. It can be done in one day. If you start in the morning or early afternoon, you'll be back before sunset. From the trailhead, the route heads up and across the footbridge, entering the boundary into the Jedediah Smith Wilderness. The Wind Cave is clearly visible after three miles of the hike across the canyon. The trail splits, and the right side will lead you across the creek, past a waterfall, and to the cave entrance.

Hikers can look around in the mouth of the cave, but it's not recommended to go into tunnels without experience and equipment. The tunnel ends with a drop-off, and hikers will need repelling gear to go down. The first cave is connected to Darby ice cave, which results in a cold wind, hence its name.