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During the time G. Luke Whitney owned Aravada Springs ranch, there were a lot of women who came up from St. Thomas in the summers to cool off from the heat. The sweet fresh-water springs of the ranch was such a contrast from the unhealthy alkaline water of St. Thomas, families and friends were drawn to this desert oasis.

The Ice Cave, though not a real cave but really a small slot canyon, was a refreshing reprieve from the desert heat. Husbands who worked in the salt mines near St. Thomas would have the Fourth of July off would plan to join with their wives and friends for picnics at the Ice Cave where it was cool.

This place brought fond memories as groups gathered. Children climbed up the slot canyon cracks as if it were a playground. When you're then look up. You may still see an owl who still lives there in the rock crevices.

Directions from Aravada Springs

The Ice Cave is 3.4 miles, or 14 minutes from Aravada Springs. To get the re, you head northwest on Pakoon Springs Rd for 0.4 miles. Then turn right and continue straight for another 0.7 miles. Continue onto County Rd 101 for another 2.1
miles then turn right. Park your vehicle to the side of the road and hike east
toward the rock formations. The cave is accessed on the east side of the formation.

GPS location 36°32'18.30"N 114° 1'29.23"W

We’ve GPS mapped some of the amazing sites you can visit from the ranch. We used Gaia (which is a $15 app), but if you visit Gaia links to the right of the pictures you can download the GPS files and use them with any GPS app of your liking.