Things To Do In The Desert Series
Explore the desert caves
By L. Bremner of DesertRoadTrippin

Videographer, Jim Bremner, as he follows author into one of the mud caves.
Videographer, Jim Bremner, as he follows author into one of the mud caves.

One of my all time favorite desert road trips was caving at the Arroyo Tapiado Mud Caves In Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.  There is something surreal about entering a natural cave and walking into its cool depths until you can no longer see anything.  It becomes pitch black and the only way to navigate is with a head lamp or flash light. It is hard to describe the feeling of being inside a cave. If you are claustrophobic you may not like it.

There are serious spelunkers who use ropes and who explore some complex caves.  We don’t have too much information on caves of that level.  We do have a lot of information about caves for the outdoor enthusiast who wants to check out some cool caves off the beaten track.  We also have a list of caves and caverns at several national parks & monuments where there are guided tours. 

If you want to take photos while inside some dark caves, study up on your cameras settings before you go.  While inside one of the caves, I tried to snap some photos of a cave room that had an opening at the very top, but I could not get the settings right for that type of shot.  I’ll have to study up on how to take shots in the dark toward a light source.  A good reason to go back for another visit.

If you have explored some caves that are not on our master list, please let us know and we can add them.  Our focus is on caves in the American Southwest/Desert regions.  We would also love to hear about your own spelunking adventures, so share your stories with us by commenting below this article!

For a list of caving destinations and general articles about caves use the links below.

List of caves and caverns by state

General information and articles about caving . . .

Caves of The North American Deserts

Caving In The Desert (American Southwest)

Cave Features: Speleothems

What is a cave?

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Lynn Bremner is the author of, a blog about desert road trips and tips. She started the blog after moving to Indio, CA where she now resides. Now a true desert dweller, Lynn has added in some of her own views on desert living. The heat does not keep her indoors in the summertime. She is out running, golfing or taking short day trips to some of the local points of interest. After years of traveling along the dusty, desert trails with her father, she has come to appreciate the beauty and solitude of the desert landscape. Her father’s passion for prospecting, desert lore and exploring the desert parks took their family to many interesting places, mostly in California, Nevada and Arizona. Lynn now writes about her desert road trips and intertwines a little bit of desert living into the mix.


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