Ausable Chasm

America's Oldest Natural Attraction.  Composed of 500 million year old Potsdam Sandsone, this 2 mile long, 150' towering chasm has amazed over 10 million visitors since opening in 1870.  Unique rock formations such as Elephant's Head, Jacob's Ladder, Column Rock and the Broken Needle await each adventurer as they descend and walk through the Inner Sanctum along the legendary Ausable River.

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Latitude: 44.525149 Longitude: -73.462702 Elevation: 323 ft
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Recreational Opportunities

Sightseeing, walking, hiking, guided hiking tours, guided float tours, tubing, nighttime lantern tours, camping, motel, cabins, gift shop & cafe. Guided Ice Tours (snowshoeing or ice cleats) and a Winter Waterfall Walk available in winter months.

Seasons And Hours Accessible

Open Year Round. 

May through October, 9am-4pm (to 5pm July 4th through Labor Day)

November through April, 9am-4pm (reservations suggested for guided Ice Tours)

Don't Miss This When Visiting

Enjoy the Classic Tour...

Begin by enjoying a casual stroll along the rim of the chasm while enjoying popular sights such as Rainbow Falls and Elephant's Head.  Following the rim walk is a gradual descent into the chasm to walk along the legendary Ausable River on the famous Inner Sanctum trail.  After the one-mile walk guests board one of the custom rafts and float through the Grand Flume, past the Broken Needle and around the Whirlpool basin while knowledgable guides discuss the geology and history of the chasm.  To conclude the tour, guests can hop board the trolley for a quick return to the welcome center or further enjoy the chasm views via a walk back via the rim trail.



ADA Accessible


Tours Are Offered


Site is Child-friendly


Site is Pet-friendly


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