by Steven Monson

The hike up to the Wind Caves is beautiful. There are multiple waterfalls and gorgeous scenery to take in.  At the end of the hike are the Wind Caves.  The cave is deep and usually has a steady breeze coming out of it because the cave is actually a natural tunnel.  It goes through the mountain and out the other side.  You can go quite a ways without any professional equipment or experience, but don’t expect to go all the way through unless you have professional climbing gear and expertise.

The Wind Cave is a good half-day hike.  Be sure to bring some food and water.  If you plan on going in the cave, make sure to bring a flashlight and a light jacket, as the cave can be cold inside.
The best time to go is between mid-summer to early fall.  In wetter, cooler years the upper trail may still be covered in snow as late as June.  The Darby Canyon is beautiful and the hike makes for a great weekend excursion.

How to get there:

1. From Rexburg, go North on 2nd East, past Walmart.
2. Take a right (at the fork north of town) onto Highway 33.
3. Turn right at Main Street in Sugar City. Main Street will take you back onto Highway 33.
4. Continue for the next 43 miles.  Go through  Teton, Newdale, Tetonia, and  Driggs.
5. About 2 miles south of Driggs you’ll see the Spud Drive-In Theater.  Turn left immediately after the theater (Darby Road).   Once on the road you should see a sign that says “Darby Canyon 3miles”
6. Turn right where the road comes to a “T”.
7. Follow the road through the canyon.
8. Turn left at the fork.  There will be a sign. Turn left unless you want to go to the Darby Girls Camp.
9. Follow the road to the trail head.

Darby Wind Cave Map

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