Arizona September 10, 2019
Peppersauce Cave Is Hiding In Arizona’s Santa Catalina Mountains
There are plenty of rock formations to visit here in Arizona, but it’s hard to find one that hasn’t been overrun by tourists. Peppersauce Cave is a diamond in the rough, as few people are aware it even exists.
Hiding in the Santa Catalina Mountains is a limestone cavern with one mile of mapped passages. Only about 23,000 people visit this secret place annually, paling in comparison to the five million who frequent the Grand Canyon.
While Peppersauce is open to the public, no guided tours or even a parking lot exist. It's only after hiking a remote, gravelly trail that the first piece of evidence emerges: a sign explaining the cave's rich history.
After trekking along for a short while, you'll come upon the entrance. Its wide, gaping mouth almost beckons visitors to see what lurks within the abysmal darkness.
The inside of the cave is relatively humid and sits at a fairly constant 70 degrees or so.
Partially to blame for the unrelenting moisture is an underground lake that visitors from all over the state come searching for.
Minimal climbing is required, but it definitely beats having to lug around rappelling gear. The ladders are just 15 feet tall and not steep enough to pose an issue for most explorers.
Photo-ops are found around practically every corner, so don't leave without striking a pose.
Spelunkers will also find several notebooks to forever commemorate their visit.
You'll find Peppersauce Cave in the Coronado National Forest, about 10 miles south of Oracle.
The exact GPS coordinates are: 32.5242757, -110.7096346.
Have you ever been to Peppersauce Cave? If so, let us know all about your experience!
Check out our previous article for more caverns that belong on your bucket list:
Going Into These 7 Caves In Arizona Is Like Entering Another World.