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California Cavern, State Historic Landmark

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Address: 9565 Cave City Road, Mountain Ranch, CA 95246
Phone Number: 866-762-2837
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: California's first showcave has been conducting guided tours since 1850...
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.
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Great upclose cavern features

Took the entire family on this tour. Only one tour was available that day, and that was perfect for our schedule. We went end of June 22 2015 on a typical hot summer day, so the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
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Pine Mountain Club, California
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Pine Mountain Club, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Took the entire family on this tour. Only one tour was available that day, and that was perfect for our schedule. We went end of June 22 2015 on a typical hot summer day, so the cool temp of the caverns was welcomed. Guide was informative and explained the many cave features. I'm a pretty big guy in height and... More 

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Grass Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

We came here for a historical site report my 4th grader is working on. We had such a good time and the caves were fairly easy to maneuver. We've visited Mercer Caverns - very steep and lots of steps but we loved that too! This is just easier if you'r having any trouble with mobility but can still get around... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We decided to go to California Cavern after reading the reviews of all the Caverns in the region...Moaning Cavern, Black Chasm, California, and Mercer Caverns. Because of some mobility issues, we decided that California Cavern sounded like the easiest. Some of the other caverns have a LOT of steps to contend with. We were so glad we chose this one!... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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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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Kingman, Arizona
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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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Arizona
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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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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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Additional Information about California Cavern, State Historic Landmark

Address: 9565 Cave City Road, Mountain Ranch, CA 95246
Phone Number: 866-762-2837
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Mountain Ranch
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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