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Spirit Mountain

Spirit Mountain Cave repairs in February. (BLM)

Spirit Mountain took its name centuries ago, when Indians dubbed it so. They believed the steam that spews from caves in the mountain was the breath of a spirit. Its origins are of a supernatural nature as it rises out the landscape just west of Cody, Wyoming, in Park County, and the spectacular sureal sights at Spirit Mountain live on today.

Sprit Mountain’s caves are known as Frost Caves. It was Ned Frost’s hounds that discovered the caves in 1908, in hot pursuit of a bobcat. When Frost followed his dogs into the caves he found caverns decorated with sparkling crystals, stalactites, and stalagmites. There are believed to be many more than the ten miles of the caves that have been explored at Spirit Mountain. There are actually a number of openings, and many of the Spirit Mountain Caverns are open to the public.

Another Wonder of Wyoming, Buffalo Bill Cody himself, thought so much of Spirit Mountain that he proclaimed that he wanted to buried there. As it turned out, Cody would be entombed on Lookout Mountain, west of Golden, Colorado. But the spectacle and legend stands tall, and steaming, at Spirit Mountain.

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