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California Cavern, State Historic Landmark

9565 Cave City Road, Mountain Ranch, CA 95246
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Owner description: California's first showcave has been conducting guided tours since 1850. Today, visitors are taken on 60-80 minute "Trail of Lights" tours of the... more » Owner description: California's first showcave has been conducting guided tours since 1850. Today, visitors are taken on 60-80 minute "Trail of Lights" tours of the intricate and beautiful rock formations made of marble, calcite, aragonite and gypsum. For the more adventurous, three and five hour challenging caving expeditions can be reserved, exploring the inner reaches of the cave. Comprehensive school program available. Above ground activities include gemstone mining, free nature trail, picnic tables, volleyball court. « less
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Vancouver, Washington
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Though this cavern may not be massive like the Oregon Caves, it is large enough to have quite a bit of different formations. But what I found interesting is the stories behind the cave, how it was found, how it was used and such (thus a State Historical Landmark). Certainly a great place to bring the kids. I took the... More

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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Looking for a little light adventure? Caving is a great way to educate, exercise and fuel the imagination. There is something for everyone's level, easy to difficult. Short and long. The staff is knowledgeable, helpful and witty. This is my second trip, took my grandkids, 5 yrs and 9 yrs. They were a little hesitant at first but, got into... More

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Oakdale, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

I have now been to all 4 of the major caverns of the Sierras in Northern California - Moaning, Mercer, California, and Black Chasm. California Cavern was disappointing because many of stalactites were broken off a long time ago. It does have the best Crystal Shop though. Last time I was there in about 2006 I never saw more big... More

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La Quinta, CA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

We were at California Caverns a couple of days before Thanksgiving and took a picnic lunch along. Since we were the only ones waiting for the next tour, the young tour guide said she would give us a personal tour. There's short walking trail to the cave that was lined with beautiful oak trees and fall foliage along the way.... More

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Fort Lauderdale
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2011

We've been to several caves in our lives. We went with our 12 and 9 year old boys. The standard cave tour is actually more interesting than our prior ones, simply b/c the walk though provides really narrow paths and low ceilings. There is gem mining (lots of precious and semi-precious stones to be found) and geode cracking. Our guide... More

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