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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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Cool experience in an intimate setting

Getting to the cave is a bit of a challenge -- the drive is down a narrow, windy road, followed by a half-mile hike (downhill on the way to the cave). As you're waiting for the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 10, 2015
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Denham Springs, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

In a place full of majestic trees, beautiful canyons, and valleys - this is a hidden gem. It's a great hike through the cave and especially on the Wild Cave tour. Be sure to reserve some time and visit this spot.

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El Monte, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Crystal cave! Oh my, it was speechless , no words can describe , I don't know what to tell , you have to see with your own eyes. You can buy the ticket at Foothill transit visitors center, bring jacket with you . It was cold inside the cave , 50 degree. Repair yourself extra time because the drive to... More 

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to share your experience. We are really glad to hear that you liked it just as much as we do. For those reading this review, driving times vary due to driving conditions and location from where you bought your tickets. We hope you continue to explore caves around the world. More 

London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

About as bad an experience as you could get. Took ages to get there - the cave tour is very limited and the cave very unexeciting compared to other caves visited. The tour guide was incredibly patronising - the whole tour should have taken 10 minutes - not 90 minutes - excluding the 20 minutes hanging around because we were... More 

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Fresno, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

One of the most beautiful cave that we have visited so far. The cave is also of a big size. There are many different formations. The cave is very wet and growing well with its river running along the marble structure. To get to the cave entrance, you have to hike for (maybe 30 minutes - one way) so it's... More 

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

We are super glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed the cave. We couldn't agree more, Yucca Creek is beautiful as it runs through the cave. Thanks for the encouraging review! We hope you can squeeze in one more national park visit before the summer ends.. More 

Bellflower, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

Crystal cave is kind of worth it. If you aren't in somewhat in physical shape the hike down and up is going to be a little tough. It isn't that cold in there to wear a jacketet. Overall it was pretty scenic and you learn a few facts of what caves are and how they come about. Only downside is... More 

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

We are glad that you enjoyed the cave. The cave seems to get people talking, even when they don't mean to disrupt. For those reading this review and wondering about phones, there is no reception however visitors can use their phones as cameras with no flash. IF you are trying to swear off phone use for your vacation, the Crystal... More 

Cerritos, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

I remember going into the cave. It was so dark, I was initially scared. But all of the stalactites, stalagmites, and columns were so impressive. I was also excited when I got to touch The Touching Rock, so called because someone touched it and caused it to cease growing. :( :D

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

Hey, thanks for bringing up the cave stewardship message! If you are reading this and wondering,Crystal Cave is very much a living cave which takes everyone's effort to protect and preserve. There is a 'no touching' rule that applies inside Crystal Cave and all other caves you may visit throughout the world. The oil from our hands prevents the calcium... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Getting to the cave is a bit of a challenge -- the drive is down a narrow, windy road, followed by a half-mile hike (downhill on the way to the cave). As you're waiting for the tour at the end of the hike, there's a beautiful waterfall to enjoy. The tour itself is nice...a few narrow passageways followed by larger... More 

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

'Glad you had a good visit. Thanks for bringing the cave road driving situation. It is indeed narrow. Drive slowly, stay on your side, and watch for wildlife that are often ambling down the middle of the road. If someone is in a rush, there are a few pullouts to use. Be safe out there, folks! We look forward to... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

The arduous climb down to and up from this spectacular place is a challenge for even the super fit, but well worth the strain on one's lungs and entire body. Entering this surreal hidden cave is truly mind blowing. The colors when illuminated are spectacular and for that brief moment the guides kill the lights is downright frightening.

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

WOW! You painted a great image for us. Lights out in Marble Hall can be a real adventure for most however if you are worried, please approach your guide before the tour begins to let them know that you are nervous. We really want you to have a safe and positive adventure in the underground wilderness of Sequoia National Park. More 

san antonio
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55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

A steep hike to and from the cave, so be prepared! The cave was beautiful, although the formations were a consistent white color (compared to other caves that have some variety.)

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

Thanks for the review and for remarking on the marble. Did you catch the blue/grey banding in the marble stream bed? Wasn't that something? It reminds us of those twirly coloured paper straws they used to give out with milk. Happy travels in whatever national park you find yourselves in! Cheers, the Crystal Cave staff More 

Sacramento
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77 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We really enjoyed our visit to this cave. We've been to other caves that as other reviewers have mentioned may have been more spectacular in one way or another, but this cave was truly beautiful. Our tour guide, Gordo, was outstanding, her clearly had a passion for the cave and it's preservation that he communicated eloquently and convincingly to his... More 

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

WOW! Thank you for sharing your encouraging impression and for the shout-out to Gordo! We're kind of partial to Crystal Cave, but we'll admit that they're all pretty fascinating. So, folks, don't stop at this one. Consider Crystal Cave just the tip of the ice burg. Thanks again! the cave staff More 

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