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Crystal Cave

CA-180 E, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93265
(559) 784-1500
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Type: Caverns/ Caves
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Crystal Cave is a marble cave near the Giant Forest, Sequoia National Park.
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Oregon
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

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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51 reviews 51 reviews
20 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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

Indianapolis, Indiana
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This tour cost $15. I like caves, so didn't mind. It has the usual cave features, was pretty, not too hard a walk, about 45 minutes in length. The tour guide was fun and informative. The hardest walk was the trail uphill after the cave tour.

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

As marble caves go, Crystal Cave is considered one of the most highly decorated commercial caves in the Sierra Nevada. Preserving and protecting the parks you love: Funds generated from Crystal Cave ticket sales go to supporting educational and resource protection right here in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Thank you very much for paying it forward! We hope... More

Silicon Valley, CA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Because one is not allowed to touch anything, the formations are very pristine. The caves have lights low enough that you can still see the formations.

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

Do you know why Crystal Cave remains so pristine? Because of YOU! We teach and encourage each cave visitor how to appreciate and enjoy the cave while stewarding and caretaking for the native animals and plants and for the enjoyment of future generations. YOU keep doing such a good job at following the rules of (all) caving that it remains... More

Raleigh, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Definitely worth the short hike down and the hike back up! Saw lots of wildflowers on the trail down to the cave. This was my first cave tour and it did not disappoint. The cave is cool, around 50 degrees, so layers are a good idea. Great place to spend the afternoon on a hot day in the park. Tour... More

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

There is no place better than Crystal Cave on a hot summer day! The cool breeze that comes from the cave is what caught the attention of (modern discoverers) Webster and Medley in 1918. The cool temps are great, however, we do recommend a sweater in hand because after a bit the cool weather can get distracting. 'Glad you had... More

White Plains, New York
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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

That stretches it a bit, but it was great for our kids to see something that had them completely riveted. It is a good attraction for their hardworking legs. The reviews that claim the walk back up is strenuous are correct. The cave is very easy to tour with the guide.. There is a lovely waterfall to enjoy near the... More

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

"Riveted," now that's the word we hope that describes our guests during a cave tour! Crystal Cave is a living encyclopedia of life. To be able to walk the pages is an experience that we hope will stick with the young and young at heart! We hope you enjoy many more park visits. More

Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

The crystal cave tour was great in Sequoia National Park. Walking down a half a mile to the entrance was easy but the thought of walking back was another step. There are many places to stop and rest if you get tired. The cave itself is very nice. The kids including most adults will like the 45 minute tour. The... More

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

Thank you for recommending some very key things for an enjoyable Cave experience. We're not sure what the towel is for, but water, sunglasses, and a little bit of bug spray are nice. Wait, are you suggesting a towel to wipe your brow after the hike up? Yes, indeed, a nice handkerchief is good for the brow. Dip it in... More

Torrance, California
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
43 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We took the last tour of the day, the lantern tour, which was cool but I feel like if the lights were on we might have seen more. Regardless, we had a highly qualified and verbally adept guide who left my head swimming with scientific words and information I might only absorb after a night of cramming with a geology... More

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

We are glad to learn that you found your guide to be knowledgeable while creating a soothing ambiance. We spend so much of our lives making noise that we thought how special it would be to let our visitors make silence in such a special spot as Crystal Cave. It sounds like together, your group made a magical experience. Speaking... More

Las Vegas, Nevada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The walk back up is killer! But you do get to do it on your own pace. My pace was slow.. :-) Cave itself was a bit small in areas. Not sure i'd do it again due to the hike back up! But glad I went the first time. Make sure you buy the tickets at entrance or at Lodgepole... More

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

Oh, we know how steep the trail seems! It seems so pleasantly wooded with distracting cascades, wildflowers and views on the way down. It lulls you further with the cool breeze that flows through the cave on the tour. But then, there's the hike up that same trail. Our solution: bring a water for the hike up, use the waterfalls... More

Yorba Linda, California
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86 reviews 86 reviews
58 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We have been camping for a few years now at Sequoia and try to do an activity each time we are there. The Crystal Cave was my first experience inside a real cave, as well as for my girls ages 8 and 10. We all loved it! You need to purchase tickets ahead of time at the Lodgepole campground. When... More

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

Thanks for the review! We are pleased to learn that your family had a great time. You mentioned the beautiful waterfall. Can you believe that Cascade Creek is still flowing? It is one of very few front country waterfalls still flowing in Sequoia National Park and is such a great place to take a family photo. Inside Crystal Cave we... More

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