“a national natural landmark”
Lake Shasta Caverns National Natural Landmark is a geologic adventure for your whole family. Take part in a robust and comprehensive tour to see the caverns and lake in their glory. Along the way, you might see local animals, like bald eagles, mountain lions and black bears! Take a virtual tour of our caverns today. Lake Shasta Caverns National Natural Landmark is one of three known caverns in Shasta County. Our beds originated 250 million years ago when the earth was subjected to the folding of its crust. Ultimately, this created the Klamath Mountains. Discovering the caverns The caverns were part of life for the Wintu Indians, who lived in the area. In the 1870s, a fish hatchery and small town were built on the McCloud River and the cave was named Baird Cave. A hatchery employee, J.A. Richardson, officially discovered the caverns in 1878. Since 1964, they have been opened as a natural attraction to the public. From tiny cave coral and gravity defying helicities, to magnificent cave drapery, there is so much to see!
The caves themselves are lovely, BUT after paying $28 per person, be aware that you will be rushed, rushed, rushed. Other than climbing stairs, our group was allowed less than five minutes in each of the “rooms”, because there was another group on our heels.
Some of our group who are older and a bit slower on the hundreds of stairs involved missed most of the guide’s spiel, because she did not wait for them. By the time they arrived, the guide was over half way through the information at that stop. She was very informative and knew the history well, but needed to be louder. I could hear the guide in the group behind us better than ours. Also, she was so comfortable with the script that she spoke too fast. Several of us couldn’t understand her well with the combination of low volume and speed.
Over all, what we got for our group’s 200+ dollars left us unsatisfied, annoyed and feeling totally ripped off. There are better caves that are far less expensive and far better presented!
The caves are fascinating and beautiful.
There are fifty bald Eagles nesting on lake Shasta and on the short boat ride we got to observe one take flight. Only the second time in I saw a bald eagle in the wild.
There is a pan mining set up by the visitor store and for ten bucks each the kids got to mine using pans. They are super interested in geology so this was great.
After taking a short boat ride you ascend a slope and get on a bus that will take you to the cave entrance. The brochure leaves out how many switch backs and slopes you have to climb, not including the stairs within the cave. There are a lot of slopes and steps.
Our tour guide was not masked! Although the guest were masked the tour guide was not, not on the boat, not in the bus, not in the cave. Covid has killed a lot of people and the lack of reverence was appalling.
This place is fun/interesting to see. Get lots of pictures!!
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