Peppersauce Cave

There is nothing more creepy than spending the day spelunking about in a dark, dank, extremely muddy cave. Which, of course, is how fiance, his 2 former roomies and I spent our Saturday.

Entrance to Peppersauce Cave, Santa Catalina Mountains, Tucson, Arizona
This was the easier entrance. Naturally we chose a different entrance that was further up and was so tight you have to get through on a belly crawl.

Before spelunking inside Peppersauce Cave, Santa Catalina Mountains, Tucson, Arizona
Before we went into the cave, relatively clean.

Graffiti inside Peppersauce Cave, Santa Catalina Mountains, Tucson, Arizona
Graffiti.  Gangsta's apparently love the outdoors.

I wasn't quite prepared for this cave.  Mud was mucked on everything. EVERYTHING.

Murky dark water lake inside Peppersauce Cave, Santa Catalina Mountains, Tucson, Arizona
The black abyss is actually one of many watery graves lakes underground. It was so dirty and dark I half expected the creature from the black lagoon to emerge. Or a dead body. Probably thrown in by the outdoor-loving-gangsters.

The most exciting part of the exploration: when a giant... thing decided to hang out in the tiny 40-inch sized exit/entrance way. Was it rabbid? Would it tear my face off? Would that be an improvement? Was it a monkey (Tracy's question-- he's a foreign exchange grad student. For all he knows, monkeys are commonly found in AZ caves)? A skunk/raccoon/possum...

Coati Mundi in Peppersauce Cave, Santa Catalina Mountains, Tucson, Arizona
It was a Coati.

Muddy after spelunking exploring Peppersauce Cave, Santa Catalina Mountains, Tucson, Arizona
We weren't as muddy as some of the other people we saw emerging from the cave.

Stream near Peppersauce Cave, Santa Catalina Mountains, Tucson, Arizona
We had to wash up a little in the stream just outside the cave before we got into my car.

If you plan to spelunk in Peppersauce, be prepared to ruin your clothes and shoes!

Peppersauce Cave

Coordinates: 32.524444, -110.707222
Fees: FREE

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