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Crystal Cave

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93262
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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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Cincinnati
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

First, you have to get tickets at either the Lodgepole or Foothill Visitor Centers at least two hours before your tour time - you can't get tickets at the cave. The road is long (6.5 miles) and winding to reach the cave - very slow going. Once you get there, you'll be glad you took the mosquito spray (so don't... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Loved the cave. They warn you ahead of time of the steep hill to and from so you are prepared. The guide through the cave was very knowledgeable.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

13 miles from lodgepole campground. The road is very narrow and the speed limit as low as 10 MPH and as high as 20MPH. Give yourself enough time to get there because besides the road construction by the Giant Forest area and you will gather in the parking lot for instructions about the cave. At the parking lot they have... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The cave was 45 minutes off the main road and we forgot to purchase tickets at the Visitor Center 8 miles away. They were so nice to let us buy tickets right there. This is not something they usually do but because it was Monday and not busy, they made an exception. It was beautiful, very quiet, cold and yes,... More

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Anaheim, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is a review for the Adventure Tour, or Wild CaveTour: sequoiahistory.org/defau… As I saw that there was exactly 1 review about this tour, I'll try to write as detailed as possible. This is the kind of tour that you do need to be well-prepared. Let me start with the essential information: - Booking the tour: You do need to... More

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

Wow! This review reads like an awesome roller coaster ride, with all the thrills and chills! We were right there with you. Adventure cave tour reservations are taken beginning early in the year, usually as early as February. The tour description, price, and open dates are published at sequoiahistory. Some dates are more popular than others. You got the attire... More

Aliso Viejo, California, USA
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This review is for the Crystal Cave Adventure Tour. On this four hour tour, two guides and up to six cavers crawl through two different sections of the cave. I felt like Indiana Jones. Except with knee pads, elbow pads, gloves and a helmet. The tour description and requirements are accurately documented on the sequoiahistory.org web site. It is definitely... More

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

Dear "Indiana Jones," Congratulations on a successful adventure! You've accurately described some important details including those which affect the safety of the group and the general enjoyment of the experience. We do get questions about the group size and age limits. The group size of 6 people per 2 Sequoia Field Institute caving guides ensures safety for cavers as well... More

Los Angeles, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

If i were to do it again i would not take this cave tour. The tour itself is about 45 minutes and the cave is nice and in the summer it's a nice cool break. However, it isn't really spectacular and you will take up a lot of time to do this. You have to buy tickets at Lodgepole 2... More

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

Every moment is precious in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. A visit to these parks is not complete without budgeting extra time for the beautiful and inspiring surprises that await you. The parks website has a helpful tool called Plan Your Visit which provides highlights by the duration of your visit and the season. We hope this built-in planning... More

Thousand Oaks, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The temperature drop would be like 30 degrees if you take your visit in summer. There are some interesting places in the cave but nothing spectacular. You need to hike down 15 min to the cave and it is much more challenging to get back. The cave is far away from the major road. Without traffic, it is still a... More

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to share your experience. To clarify, adult ticket prices for the 2014 season are $15 for the Family tour, $16 for the Discovery and Explorer's Lantern tours. Youth and child prices apply to all tours. The latest tour descriptions, times and prices are always published online. More

Los Angeles, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We left Springville at 5 AM to get to the visitor center before the Crustal Cave tour tickets were sold out. We arrived at the Lodgepole visitor center at 7:15 AM and had to wait until the ticket sales began at 8 AM. There was already a line of 10 people in front of me. On the road up to... More

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

Your description reads like a true adventure with a happy ending. We glad that Crystal Cave got to be a part of your Sequoia National Parks visit . . . and so are the mosquitoes! For those reading this review, we have found that repellent on the brim of a ball cap or hat, or a light application on clothing... More

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I bought a ticket for a 4.30 tour. When I arrived at the road end, I was told the cave was closed for a rock fall. No information as to when it would reopen. To get my money back, I had to go out of my way to one of only two facilities. Don't plan your day around this.

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

We are sorry that your visit to the cave was thwarted by rock fall. Nature can throw us curve balls when they are least convenient or expected. We were glad that conditions stabilized for opening first thing the next morning. We hope that the rest of your Sequoia visit was successful. More

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