Things to do at the Churchill County Museum...
Hidden Cave, Churchill County Nevada
Hidden Cave Tours
The Churchill County Museum, Carson City District and the Bureau of Land Management welcome you to a tour of Hidden Cave. "Hidden Cave" was named because of the difficulty in finding its small opening.
Hidden Cave Tours are offered to the public on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. The Churchill County Museum opens at 9am on these Saturdays, and the tour starts here where you can enjoy the Hidden Cave display at the museum. Meet the BLM guide at the museum at 9:30am, and watch a short video on the history of Hidden Cave. At 10am, caravan out to the cave site for your tour. No reservations are needed, and the tour is FREE!
Dress appropriately for the weather, and wear sturdy walking shoes. The trip up the hill is about 1/4 mile, and the trail is not handicapped accessible. This tour is not suitable for young children because of its length and the climb up the hill. There are restrooms and picnic sites available at Grimes Point, 1.5 miles from the cave area parking lot.
Special tours of twelve or more people may be arranged by contacting the museum at 775-423-3677.
There is a charge of $1 per person (or a minimum of $20) for special tours.
For further information about Hidden Cave, we recommend reading The Archaeology of Hidden Cave, Nevada, Vol. 61: Part 1, edited by David Hurst Thomas. The book was published by the Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History, New York in 1985.
Some Facts about the Hidden Cave
In the mid-1920's, the cave was visited by four school boys, the first 20th century humans to do so. The cave has since been excavated three times: once in 1940, again in 1951, and finally in 1979-1980.
A high proportion of the artifacts found in Hidden cave were unbroken and arranged in concentrations. That led to the conclusion that 3,500 to 3,800 years ago people used Hidden Cave more for a cache site than for their own shelter.
Chronology of Hidden Cave