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Crystal Cave

47050 General's Highway, Three Rivers, California 93271 USA

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“3.4 miles of geological amazeballs!”

Crystal Cave is located off the Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park, between the Ash Mountain entrance and Giant Forest. A half-mile hike is required to get to the cave entrance. No buses, trailers or vehicles over 22 feet long are permitted on the Crystal Cave road. Travel time to the Cave may be affected by on-road construction in the parks. Discovery Tour: This popular tour is a more in-depth experience in a smaller group size. It provides a deeper understanding of the geology and wildlife of the cave environment. The tour is only available Monday through Friday at 4:15pm. Tours begin June 24, 2013 and end August 16, 2013. Tour length is 1.5 hours. Limited to 18 persons. Ages 12 and up.  Historic Candlelight Tour: Experience Crystal Cave in a different light using candle lanterns. Each visitor will be provided their own lantern as they tour this unique, marble cave. Crystal Cave was first discovered by park employees in 1918 and opened to the public 70 years ago for tours. Step back in time to view the cave in much the same way that it looked to the first explorers with flickering candles and listen to the stories of discovery, exploration, development and restoration in this beautiful national park treasure. Tours begin June 27, 2013 and end August 18, 2013. Tour times are Thursdays and Fridays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 6:00 pm. Tour length is 1.5 hours. Limited to 18 persons. Ages 12 and up.  No flash photography. Not recommended for those who have trouble seeing in low light situations, or with mobility problems.  Wild Cave Tour: Explore the remote sections of Crystal Cave on a belly-crawling tour. This tour gives you the opportunity to learn about Sierran caves first hand. Your cave guide will explain how the delicate formations such as soda straws, rimstone dams and cave pearls are formed. Learn proper caving techniques, etiquette and conservation issues from experienced cavers. Experience total darkness and silence interrupted by the rhythmic sounds of dripping and flowing water. Explore off-trail, crawl and climb through passage ways, over steep drop-offs and past intricate formations on a 4 to 6 hour tour within this marble cave. Expect to come away with great memories, new knowledge and insight, intermingled with sore muscles and a thick coating of dirt from head to toe. Caving gear is provided. Limited to ages 16 and older. Space is VERY limited and popular. Call 559.565.4251 to register. Saturdays only: June 15, 2013 through August 24, 2013.

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Reviewed by
Anna Hider

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April 17, 2015
Rated 4.0

This is the second longest cave system in the park at 3-ish miles. The longest cave in the park is like, 20 miles long! But it's closed to visitors. In fact, there are 240 caves in the park, and this is the only one you can go inside! It's closed in the winter, and you have to get a ticket to go inside, but it's so worth it.

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Tatiana Danger

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August 31, 2014
Rated 3.0

The guided tour is about 45 minutes long and you can only buy tickets the day you plan on taking the tour. So, on weekends when it's crowded you should get there early to grab a ticket before the tours sell out for the day.

Not as impressive a cave system as Carlsbad Caverns, but still pretty impressive.

1 person found this review helpful

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babethequeen

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June 03, 2016
Rated 3.0

The cave is neat to see but the hike down and back is not for the faint of heart.

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Crystal Cave

47050 General's Highway
Three Rivers, California
93271 USA

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  • Independent
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
  • Free Parking
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