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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, Nature & Parks
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, Nature & Parks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Crystal Cave is a marble cave near the Giant Forest, Sequoia National Park.
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hollywood, california
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92 reviews 92 reviews
31 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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Mississauga, Canada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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
13 helpful votes 13 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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157 reviews 157 reviews
33 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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 

Shadow Hills, California, United States
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Crystal Cave. Thanks for sharing the impact the cave tour had on your underground wilderness experience. 2015 marks the 75th anniversary of public tours in Crystal Cave. We promise to make it a special experience. More 

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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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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31 reviews 31 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
16 helpful votes 16 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 

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