Ricks Spring Cave - 2,200+ ft. long

There are two caves at Ricks Spring. One is the small entrance you can see just left of the spring. It extends back about 25' and then turns to the right and dead ends into a round room. The second cave is inside the spring itself. As it turns out, the spring is a continuation of the Logan river that has found its way into a natural fissure and ends up resurfacing here. There is currently an estimated 2,200 ft. of explored underwater passage. At one point it opens up to a dry area with a waterfall that required some climbing, then the cave continues even further underwater. You can read more about it here after signing up for a free subscription. http://thedecostop.com/forums/showthread.php?t=40220



The following pictures are courtesy of Wendell Nope and Josh Thornton of inside the submerged Ricks Springs Cave. You can see all the pictures from the trip on Wendell's website (http://www.wendellnope.com/rickspic.htm)

This sign is just inside the entrance. How many of you would turn around once you read it?


After nearly 2000' of passage a waterfall and open cavern is encountered.





Above the falls the passage continues submerged until this breakdown stops any further progress in the cave. Hopefully in the next few trips they will be able to break through and map another 2300' of passage!
 

6 comments:

Josh said... | September 11, 2009 at 10:21 AM

http://thedecostop.com/forums/showthread.php?t=40220

Utah Dive Instruction said... | November 23, 2009 at 12:52 PM

http://utahdiveinstruction.com/Dive_Log/Entries/2009/10/7_Ricks_Spring%2C_UT-_Pictures.html

http://utahdiveinstruction.com/Dive_Log/Entries/2009/9/5_East_Coast_Wreck_Diving_2.html

Read more about it on my website, or in the latest issue of Advanced Diver Magazine.

Anonymous said... | September 4, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Here are direct links to some incredible video footage from Wendell Nope of one of their Ricks Spring exploration dives. Spectacular, stunning footage, well worth your time to watch....

Large File:
http://www.wendellnope.com/ricks20091010.wmv

Small File:
http://www.wendellnope.com/ricks20091010small.wmv

I don't know how many times I stood at Ricks Spring in my youth and pondered what may lie behind the mouth of that opening....many thanks to these guys for answering those questions...

Spencer Coles said... | September 5, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Thanks for sharing those links! Great footage!

Wendell Nope said... | November 26, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Here are some extraordinary photos from the P2200' underwater passage and also the Vestal Falls waterfall in the second dry cave.

www.wendellnope.com/rickspic.htm

Utah Dive Instruction said... | July 14, 2013 at 11:07 PM

Slight correction - above the waterfall just leads to a pile of boulders with water flowing through. The restriction, and the picture of the diver is not above the waterfall, but just around the corner after going through what we call the "Smash Pool" - after about 75 feet of swimming we come to the restriction pictured here: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_65u72S1sQoU/TPBzkf0TXtI/AAAAAAAAEEo/8-TaFVVqmds/s1600/ricks20091006passage04.gif

Should be very easy to pass with only a little digging.