Outdoor Adventures: Camp and Cave

Let’s get down and dirty! Explore the caves and enjoy the wonders of the park located in the Raccoon Creek Valley of Iowa, two hours west of town. Beyond the astonishing caverns and crevasses, the park is home to a restored prairie and six miles of trails. Short hikes access the 16 limestone caves that we can explore. Some caves can be visited just by walking through and others, if you are able, by crawling on your hands and knees. Great sights include the “Natural Bridge,” the 17-ton “Balanced Rock,” the 1100’ “Dancehall Cave” and the famous, challenging “Wye” cave.

Registration includes transportation, leadership, equipment for caving (caving helmet with headlamp and pads) and camping (tent, sleeping pad and bag, headlamp), transportation, camping fees and all meals. All ages welcome! Those under 16 require a parent/guardian over the age of 18 to attend.  

Date and Time(s): Friday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. to Saturday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m.  

Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Rec Center.

Registration cost/deadline: NIU student: $100; non-student: $125 by Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 11:59 p.m. 

Online advance registration through Fusion.  

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Check out some photos for an idea of what to expect.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Maquoketa Cave State Park

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