The first human occupation of the Fish Springs Marsh can be traced to the gradual evaporation of Pleistocene Lake Bonneville around 11,000 years ago and the formation of the marsh. Today, the Great Salt Lake and Utah Lake are all that remain of Lake Bonneville. Archaeological and botanical remains from Hot Springs Cave suggest the inhabitants of the cave were hunting and gathering the abundance of wild animals and plants that occur in this marsh environment.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981, Hot Springs Cave is crucial to our understanding of our past. Permits to excavate or remove artifacts on all federally owned sites can be issued only to qualified persons for the purpose of furthering knowledge in the public interest. Preservation of our national heritage is everyone’s responsibility. Enjoy but do not destroy your American Heritage.