Peppersauce Cave

Useful Information

Location: Santa Catalina Mountains, 16km south of Oracle, Arizona. (32.52444°N, 110.70722°W)
Open: No restrictions.
Fee: free.
Classification: ExplainKarst cave
Light: bring torch
Guided tours: V=23,000/a
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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1948 first description of the cave publishen by the Desert Magazine.
1951 article about the cave in the National Geographic Magazine.
2001 Peppersauce Cave Conservation Project (PCCP) established.


Peppersauce Cave is a wild cave of the kind sacrifice cave. This means the cave is publicly known and visited by many people who like cave exploring as a sport. In the U.S.A. they even have a seperate term for this activity calling it spelunking in opposition to caving. The cave has 23,000 visitors per year, a number which most show caves can not reach.

The down side is the heavy vandalism and littering for over fifty years. The result was finally the discovery of E. Coli and coliform bacteria within the cave's lakes in 2001. Obviously a result of people defecating in the cave. As a result the Peppersauce Cave Conservation Project (PCCP) was established in the same year. The group removed garbage and graffitty and completely cleaned the cave. As a result the bacteria had vanished in 2003. Additionally there was an information kiosk erected at the cave entrance and a website created. The effort was honored by a grant from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), which alowed the purchase of the necessary equipment.