The Polar Caves took shape during the last Ice Age as the last continental glacier rolled over what is now New Hampshire's White Mountains.
The park’s name refers to the “polar” breath that emanates from the caves even on the hottest summer day. Temperature differences between the air above ground and in the caves are why it’s a good idea to review our suggested attire.
Polar Caves offers a welcome environment that allows you to explore at your own pace, to experience nature and plug into your inner explorer. Attractions include:
- The Animal Parc (fallow deer, exotic birds and ducks)
- The Baker River Mining Sluice and Polar Mist
- Nine granite boulder caves
- Climbing attractions
- The Glacial Wall with 5 climbing routes
- The Ascent aka “Via Ferratta"
- Rocky Ridge Way (nature trails, home of The Ascent)
- Main Lodge and snack bar
- Maple Lodge and sugaring exhibit
Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch and take advantage of the picnic area, rest stops, gazebos and benches located throughout the park.
Check out our Attractions page for more information about attractions, and where to find them in the park.
Cool Fact: The largest glacially deposited granite boulder in the world landed at Polar Caves. Spanning a stunning 110 feet in length, the boulder towers 50 feet into the sky, is 75 feet thick and is estimated to weigh 50 million pounds – that’s 25,000 tons.