History of Gandy, Utah

A delightful attraction in Gandy worth seeing is *Crystal Ball Cave. The cave, discovered in 1956 by George Sims, is ca. 600' (182.88m) in length. It was filled with water at least twice during its history at which time calcite crystals have grown in rounded shapes on the ceiling and floor as well as on limestone boulders. Hence the name, Crystal Ball Cave. Platforms of corollois groupings substantiate the existence of past water levels. Inside there are hundreds of stalactites, stalagmites, helictites and columns. One large column measures 8' (2.44m) high and and 1' (0.30m) in diameter. An interesting phenomenon, caused by circulation of air inside the cave, is the formation of barnacles on the wind-exposed side of the stalagmites and stalactites. The down-wind side remains completely smooth and free of barnacles. The cave has yielded fossils and bones, from the Pleistocene era, of small horses, saber toothed cats, bison, camels, a type of skunk, big horn sheep, musk ox and marmots.

Just a few hundred feet south of the cave entrance is Gandy Warm Springs.

G. William Wiersdorf

See: North Snake Valley Part I, Marlene Bates; Utah Place Names 1997, John W. Van Cott.

Tours are available by appointment only at 435-693-3145

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