Colossal Cave Mountain Park is home or refuge to hundreds of species of mammals, birds, and reptiles and who knows about the moths, butterflies, beetles, and other invertebrates?Among the mammals, Pack Rats, Deer Mice, Spotted Skunks, Striped Skunks, Ringtails, Foxes, Badgers, Raccoons, Javelina, Bobcats, and Mountain Lions all call Colossal Cave Mountain Park home. And, of course, bats.
The cave is called "dry" or "dormant" which means that, due to a lack of water, the formations are not growing right now.
Colossal Cave, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, had been used for centuries by prehistoric peoples when it was "discovered" in 1879. Since then it has been the object of interest and attention by people ranging from train robbers to a President of the University of Arizona. The first tours were taken through the unimproved Cave in 1923, tours which involved ropes and lanterns.
To maintain the unique balance of Colossal Cave Mountain Park - the land, its history, and its ecosystems - for this and future generations.