In the 1950s, Russell Robinson acquired this land and worked to return the cavern to the previous state. Robinson studied the caverns and charted the air flow through the passages. His research allowed him to restore the cave back to its original freezing temperatures thus allowing it to maintain its name as an ice cave 1962.
As tour guides explain the geologic, historical and volcanic background of the Shoshone Ice Cave, they also stress the importance of keeping the door to the cave shut. If the door is left open during a hot summer day, it would cause the ice within the cave to melt. The lava tube that is the basis of this cave is 1,000 feet long with ice as depths that range from eight and 30 feet. The ice is so solid that the tour guide stands on it while discussing the cave with the tourists.