Description: The sun peaks through and for an awe-inspiring few moments is cradled by the sandstone monoliths which create the slot canyons at bear cave in Petit Jean State Park.
Although there is no true cave, the huge rocks form a number of rock shelters and narrow passageways. Bear Cave was named when the last bear killed on Petit Jean Mountain met its end in this area. The cathedral of rock running down the center of the trail loop is believed to have been cut by Cedar Creek long ago. This passageway is called “The Eye of the Needle.”