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Address: CA-180 E, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93265
Phone Number: (559) 784-1500
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Crystal Cave is a marble cave near the Giant Forest, Sequoia National Park.

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This was a rewarding experience, with two caveats The caves are nice, but the hike back up the trail is steep. The guide was OK, but far too "new-earth-spiritual" for my taste... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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Nipomo, California
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Nipomo, California
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176 reviews 176 reviews
44 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

This was a rewarding experience, with two caveats The caves are nice, but the hike back up the trail is steep. The guide was OK, but far too "new-earth-spiritual" for my taste. They should hire a geologist for the tour.

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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

It's a cool hike to the cave with beautiful views and a few waterfalls. The tour guide was great. Very informative and pleasant. The cave itself is super cool. Go to the official website for the details (there are a lot of rules, restrictions, and advisories).

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

Hey, thanks for the feedback! We are glad to hear that you thought it was beautiful and that your guide was great. For those reading this review, DO check the official website for tour times, any advice or restrictions. As with most attractions it can be confusing and outdated when reading about the attraction on another (unofficial )website. We look... More 

Los Angeles, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Be in good shape to visit this cave. You have to hike 300 feet down on a 1/2 mile trail which is very scenic with several waterfalls and very beautiful. The cave is living at the bottom and dry as you go up inside. There are beautiful formations inside. The only bad thing is you have to hike back up... More 

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

You made it! The hike down IS distracting and beautiful with waterfalls, green plants, and curious geology. Then there's the cave which is said to be one of the most diversely decorated of all the commercial caves in California. The hike up is along the same trail that seemed so charming on the way down. For those reading this review,... More 

thousand oaks, CA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

There is a fairly strenuous walk down, way down, into the gorge to get to the entrance and then a very strenuous trip back up so be prepared. The cave is certainly interesting but I have been to a few others that had more interesting formations and taught you more about the geology that forms them. I thought they rushed... More 

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

This review has a good point, the Family tour flies by! We have families and individuals who return yearly just to see what's new or to see more. Heck, we even have cave guides who could not get enough; They came back to work so that they could spend longer in this particular cave. A flashlight of one's own helps... More 

Eaton Rapids, Michigan, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I've been to many limestone caves before but this was the first marble cave I've toured in. It was interesting to make comparisons and see the differences in these two types of caves. The tour was well organized and the formations were pretty interesting. It wasn't a particularly long tour and you only get to see a few rooms/passages which... More 

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

Hey, thanks for the thoughts. The Family tour route is .5 miles of the 2 miles of explored passage. The Family tour distance is not long, however, any longer and we'd have to rush by so many of the cave features that make Crystal Cave outstanding in California marble caves that are open to the public. Other tours offer more... More 

Granada Hills, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Just a wonderful place to explore and be fascinated with Mother Nature. Getting there is pretty easy (down hill). The way up is a little harder. Well worth the effort. We will be going back in May when it opens up.

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

Hey, we're glad to learn that you're coming back! We are lucky get to acquainted with so many returning visitors. Our oldest returning visitor was a gentleman who had worked in the cave as part of the Civilian Conservation Corps! See you in the underground wilderness of Sequoia National Park, Crystal Cave. More 

hollywood, california
Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
42 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

It's open in the summer and it's a must do. If you have kids and you don't take 'em here, shame on you! It's terrific, educational and entertaining and your kids will talk about it for a long time!

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

Yeah! We are glad to learn that you are exploring with your children AND encouraging others to do so. Every year we have cave guides who first visited Crystal Cave as children. The cave so captured their imagination, that a job in Crystal Cave became a goal. One can never guess how a national park visit will enrich a child's... More 

Mississauga, Canada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
25 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

This is a very well-organized tour, with experienced, knowledgeable guides and much to see! Of approx 250 caves in the Park, this is the only one that is open to the public. It is a very steep hike down to the site - with a beautiful waterfall along the way. Wear shoes with good tread because it can be slippery... More 

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

Being in a cave makes an lasting impression. It's a great way to bring the wonders of geology, extremophiles, and water come to life for children and adults alike. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with others. More 

The World
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

The kids always love a visit to Crystal Cave. Really beautiful formations and a great guided tour. It's easier going down than coming back up, but take it easy and you'll be fine if you're not a big hiker.

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

We couldn't agree more. Crystal Cave IS really cool. It really makes an impression on youngsters. On any given summer you can find one cave guide who after visiting the cave as a child committed themselves to working at the cave when they grew up. Thanks for encouraging others. More 

USA
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181 reviews 181 reviews
35 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Did you come to the park to enjoy the trees and outdoor scenery? You may be surprised that one of the nicest attractions is Crystal Cave. Take a couple hours out of your day and visit here, you will be happy you did.

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

Hey! Thanks much for the 'props.' We love sharing the place and the story behind the scene with park visitors. Cheers, the Crystal Cave team More 

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