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Crystal Cave

Address: CA-180 E, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93265
Phone Number: (559) 784-1500
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Crystal Cave is a marble cave near the Giant Forest, Sequoia National Park.
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Crystal Cave is a marble cave near the Giant Forest, Sequoia National Park.
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Mississauga, Canada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

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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The World
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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USA
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149 reviews 149 reviews
32 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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Shadow Hills, California, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We were camping in Sequoia at Lodge Pole campground.. after hiking all day for a few days we thought we would do something a little different.. We bought tickets and had a easy hike to the mouth of the cave.. It was soooo cool! We walked to a large cavern.. It looked like something outta of a ride at Disneyland.... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Great guide and really interesting tour. But allow at least 2 hours longer than you think as the route there is about an hour long.

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

The title of this review is great! For those brave enough, we do turn out the lights in Marbel Hall so that total darkness can be experienced. It's really a thrill. We like that you encouraged people to allow more time to really experience the place. When planning for a visit to the parks, budget in a little more time... More 

Auburn Hills, Michigan
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The hike through the cave has none of the glitz and noise of many other cave experiences - you simply relish the beauty of the environment. The guides know and love the cave and share that with you. The hike back UP to the parking lot is not for the faint of heart and the drive is over a pretty... More 

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

Thank you for writing a concise and encouraging review. For those reading this review, note that the Crystal Cave road departing from the Generals Highway is narrow and older. Take care to drive slowly and watch for wildlife on the road. If you do see an animal, please find the closest pullout before stopping your car. More 

Alaska
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Venturing deep into the cave offers the opportunity to view gorgeous rooms. Tour length was appropriate, and was informative for the average visitor. If you enjoy caves, I would entertain the Discovery Tour or Lantern Tour for a smaller group, and a quieter experience.

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

A good introduction to Crystal Cave is the Family Tour. To get a more unique and exclusive tour, try the Discovery and Explorer's Lantern Tour. The guides enjoy the longer tours as they get to share more personal experiences observing and helping to protect the five different ecosystems that they get to work in. You know when the guides are... More 

Riverside, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We visited Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park August 2014. This park is much less crowded than Yosemite. Tickets for the cave tour must be purchased same day at specified locations and not available at the site. Allow for plenty of time to get to the cave as there can be road construction and the road to the cave is... More 

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

We are always glad to learn that visitors had a nice Crystal Cave experience all the way around. Your advice is 'spot on.' Thank you for reinforcing some key planning and logistical details. There is one point which bears keeping in mind for those reading this review; Should you arrive in the Crystal Cave parking lot early, we cannot guarantee... More 

Oregon
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This was my first time in a cave and I enjoyed everything! Even the steep steep hike back up. Lots of fun. Loved the Organ room.

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

We are so glad that your first cave trip was in Crystal Cave! Now that you've been you have a whole new world to explore. Nationally there are many national parks with caves. Right here in California you can visit caves in Lava Beds National Monument, Pinnacles National Park, and Lassen Volcanic National Park. We think you'll be delighted with... More 

Lufkin, Texas
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55 reviews 55 reviews
20 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Overall we really enjoyed the Crystal Cave tour. We only had a few days to spend in the park and we decided to go on this tour even though we knew it would take up a good chunk of our time. You have to get there thirty minutes early and since the tours allow a lot of people on them,... More 

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

We agree with you, Crystal Cave's beauty lies in the multitude of outstanding natural features, from the pristine stream that runs through the cave to the soda straws, popcorn, and huge angels wings, the cave has something that captures everyone's imagination and attention. As you warned, the hike back up the cave trail is strenuous. We say, use the trail... More 

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