Apache Death Cave

Both photos are by Sharon Day

In 1878, a mass murder took place in a cave under where the ghost town of Two Guns sits. A group of Apache ransacked and murdered Navajo women and children. They concealed themselves and their horses by taking cover in a nearby cave. The Navajo encountered them in the cave and covered the entrance with sagebrush and wood. They set it ablaze, trapping the 42 Apache inside the inferno. The men and horses suffocated and eventually burned to death. The scene after the fire was extinguished was gruesome. The site of the murders became known as the “death cave”.


  1. The cave interior is sturdy but has the oddest feel. I went deep into it and I felt as if time stood still and skeptical eyes were upon me.


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