Exploring the Civil Defense and Ice Caves is an outdoor activity students can do in the surrounding Rexburg area during the spring semester. The Civil Defense and Ice Caves are two caves within an hour’s drive from Rexburg.
They are open to the public, and anyone can to explore the naturalistic playgrounds.
However, there are some things BYU-Idaho students may want to consider when making the trip.
The caves are chilly because cold wind blows in from the entrance.
Caves are usually underground and the surface temperature outside of the caves doesn’t affect the temperatures in the caves.
In the winter time the cave tend to be warmer inside and, in the spring and summer time, they are generally colder inside. Consider dressing appropriately, keeping the varying temperatures in mind.
Visitors may also want to bring some flashlights or some other light source.
Visitors should also review the rules of the caves before visiting, as there may be closures in effect.
The Civil Defense caves and surrounding areas are normally closed from Jan. 1 to May 1.
In an article published in Scroll on January, 13 BYU-I students were in violation of the closure and cited.
The article mentioned that violations to the closure were not the only concerns for the caves.
The amount of trash that gets left behind from food wrappers and broken glow sticks can be problematic.
Visitors to the caves should remember to take out everything they bring in.
“The amount of trash and garbage piling in the caves is alarming. Thousands of glow sticks, graffiti and even old furniture litter the floor,” according to the BLM press release quoted in the Scroll article.