Image of Cave Mouth

Aviator’s Cave was likely a stopover, or seasonal campsite, along the way to hunting and gathering grounds to the north or south. It was probably periodically visited because it provides protection from harsh weather, wind and sun. There are three chambers to the cave which are tall enough to walk through without needing to stoop. Evidence of campfires and other domestic artifacts suggest that a range of activities took place in and around the cave. This perhaps indicates that the visiting parties included men, women and children and were not simply special purpose hunting parties (photo used by permission of the Idaho National Laboratory and the Idaho Museum of Natural History).