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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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A cool place to visit

When it's hot outside this place is the coolest to visit! - Quite literally! They were right when the guidebooks suggest bring a sweater, because the caves are quite cool - like... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Placentia, California
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Orange, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

You must buy tickets in advance for the cave visit. If you plan ahead, you won't be disappointed. The overall hike to cave, the tour of the cave and the hike back (all uphill on the way back) takes about 1-1/2 to 2 hours. The cave is spectacular -- and it is a nice cool 50 degrees inside!!

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Placentia, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

When it's hot outside this place is the coolest to visit! - Quite literally! They were right when the guidebooks suggest bring a sweater, because the caves are quite cool - like someone left the AC on! When we entered the park we went to the Foothills visitor center and purchased tickets straight away. I would advise you to do... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Dont be fooled by the walk down, the walk up is a killer but the cave is well worth the effort. Camera needed!

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

Well said! Do wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a camera. We took the pictures for you! No flash photography is allowed in Crystal Cave. Look closely at your ticket and you will see a web address for free professional photos of Crystal Cave. The photos can be used for anything, like posting to your FB page, making a trip... More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Tour was great, but it is a steep hike to the cave. Keep that in mind when traveling with young kids.

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

Thank you for the positive review and reminder about the walk. No matter where you are travelling in the area, summertime temperatures are very typically high. For your visit to the parks, come prepared with plenty of drinking water, a snack and clothing appropriate for the weather and your itinerary. For a comfortable visit to Crystal Cave we always recommend... More 

Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I am scoring the guide rather than the cave. The cave was lovely. We just got hurried through it to three dull areas so that the guide could do his vapid presentation. It was dumbed down to a point the kids were bored. Felt like a bad school excursion.... Having done the caves at Mammoth NP this felt like a... More 

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

Crystal Cave is a proud host to visitors from around the world! Each guide is trained to balance information with personal experience in the cave. For those wishing an in-depth tour, we offer adult-only tours, Discovery Tours, Jr. Caver tour, and Wild Cave tours. All of these tours target a more in-depth intellectual experience. For those with more questions, the... More 

Lompoc, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Very informative guide. Getting there 30 minutes early was a drag, especially with all the mosquitoes. Wondering if anyone can give me an estimate of how many steps it was down to the cave. Was harder going back up, that's for sure.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

This is such a neat place to visit. We went with our younger kids and they had a great time. It's a steep trip down and up, but the trail is well maintained and we felt safe with the kids. The tour guides are well informed and enthusiastic about teaching people about the cave. It really was worth our time!

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

Thank you for the positive feedback! Hey, did you know that we have the Jr. Caver tours? Young cavers get to suit up for wild caving and go with 2 cave guides beyond the regular tour. This is an inspiring trip for the young explorer or scientist in your family. See our website for tour times, age limits, and prices. More 

West Covina, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

You must purchase your tickets at the park visitor center before driving down as they do no sell tickets at the cave. Once you join your group it is about a 3/4 mile hike down to the entrance where you meet your guide. The tour takes about 45 minutes and the guide explains various formations along the way. At some... More 

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

We are glad to hear that you had a good time at the cave. Thanks for reminding people that the road is curvy. If you are like some of us and you like to account for extra driving time into new adventures, the driving time given when you buy your tickets accounts for the curvy road. Thanks for bringing this... More 

Atlanta
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44 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Online, the Cave web site told us to be there 30 minutes early. We were also told the same thing by the ticket seller in the Foothills Visitor Center. When we arrived, the rep said "Oh, we've been trying to get the word out that you don't have to arrive but a few minutes early - enough time to put... More 

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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

Crystal Cave does take time to enjoy and we regret to learn that this wasn't the visit you had imagined for yourselves. For those reading this review, do listen carefully at the time you purchase your tickets. For summer 2015, going the posted speed limits, driving time from the Lodgepole Visitor Center is 45 minutes. Driving time from the Foothill... More 

Lakewood, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

It's a good drive off the main highway on a curvey narrow road to the parking area. Then there is a hike to the cave entrance. Please note the hike to it is mostly downhill, so the return is mostly uphill. Tickets have to be purchased in advance from one of the park service visitor centers along the way. There... More 

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Address: CA-180 E, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93265
Phone Number: (559) 784-1500
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

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