Looking for an unusual camping experience, one you can talk about later for years? How about spending the night in a cave?
You can do just that through September 30 at Oklahoma’s Alabaster Caverns State Park. It’s one of the largest natural gypsum caves in the world open to the public and the only gypsum show cave in the United States. The cost to camp overnight is $45.
Water Cave is your destination and you will need a pre-paid reservation (by calling the park office at 508-621-3381) and a party of 3-15 people (one of which is a responsible adult over the age of 21).
Each person is required to have a hard hat, three independent light sources, a long sleeve shirt, long pants (or coveralls), water, a first aid kit and moisture barrier (small tarp or drop cloth). Electric lights are permitted in the cave, but no heating devices of any kind. A picnic table and grill are immediately outside of Water Cave and are strictly for the park’s cave camping guests. Restroom facilities are 1/4 mile away.
If you prefer to stay above ground, an RV site with water and electricity is a reasonable $22 a night, or $20 for seniors. Learn more about cave camping or above-ground camping.
Forty years ago my husband and I camped in a cave overnight. But, the experience was free. This story brought that memory back. It was in a very wild area and we were the only ones around.
Plus a good sleeping bag. Temp inside the cave will probably be around 55 degrees. Of course you can always cuddle up next to a bear. 😁
Probably not . . .