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“Awesome to check out.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Crystal Cave

Crystal Cave
CA-180 E, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93265
(559) 784-1500
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Type: Caverns/ Caves
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: Crystal Cave is a marble cave near the Giant Forest, Sequoia National Park.
Concord, CA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Awesome to check out.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

It had been 20+ years since I had been in Crystal Cave, not much has changed inside! It's a beautiful cave, where you can see paths of polished marble and many interesting formations. My kids and hubby who had never been really thought it was a cool thing to see. The save is about 50 degrees year round, regardless of weather above ground. If you can't take the cool, take a light jacket. The walk inside the cave is about a 1/2 miles (inside is a pretty easy walk).

Know ahead of time: It is a half mile HIKE down to the cave entrance, which means coming up back is a half mile UP. If you are in good shape, it won't phase you, just wind you a bit. If you have physical issues, take your time and take water with you on warm days. If you have small children, go at their pace, or be preparped to help carry them.

You cannot take food into the cave or anything other than water. If you have food in your car, there are bear boxes there free of charge to store you food. YES there are active bears in the area and yes they go into the parking lot.

The road getting to and from the cave is very twisty and mostly not divided. It will take you about 30 mins to go 6 miles as you can really only do about 20-25 MPH on the road. We got treated to see a bear cross the road and 3 staggs (with full set of antlers, it was cool!).

BUY your tickets ahead of time at Lodgepole of the Sequoia visitor center. You do not buy tickets at the cave, if you do you may get turned away or have to wait for a while to be let down for a cave tour.

Lastly, follow the rules. Don't be the ones who think vandalizing the cave (we had a horrible group who broke about every single rule) because you WILL get the Park Rangers called on you.

Visited August 2013
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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review, September 7, 2013
Thank you very much for your review. We are glad that your family enjoyed their visit.
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Costa Mesa, California
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Fun for Kids, not a good value.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This should have been extremely informative and interesting, but our poor guide was terrible. We had aLarge group and she just couldn't command interest in her group. She asked so many questions and waited for responses that the kids am adults alike were lost and I can't tell you too much about what we saw. Others though, have had great experiences with other rangers so it's luck! Wear good closed toe hiking shoes, it's a fairly long downhill trek to the cave and then the cave itself is wet and cool, about 50degrees so have a sweeter for you and kids, bring water, but no food. If you have any food in your car, you will have to lock it up in a bear bin in the parking lot. It was a beautiful cave and just the right amount of time for a tour.

Visited August 2013
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CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review, September 7, 2013
We regret that you had a poor experience in Crystal Cave this very busy Labor Day weekend. Our naturalist guides take great pride in their ability to deliver family friendly learning tours. There are very, very rare instances when they miss the bar of excellence. We hope that this does not deter you from visiting us again.
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Glendale
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“WOW a must see!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

You will be blown away by the beauty this cave has to offer. It is not as cold in there as they make it sound. It's just chilly. It's a great place to take pictures also. Very fun!!

Visited August 2013
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California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Really Unique Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Getting to the cave is a bit of chore. The drive is a little sketchy. We were told it would take an hour to get to the caves from Lodgepole camground and we needed to 30 minutes early so we left an hour and half before the tour start time. It only took us a half hour to get to the tour so we ended up waiting around for an hour for the tour to start. The hike down to the cave is easy but hike back up will work up a sweat, we noticed some out of shape people really struggling. All of this aside the effort is worth it. The cave is beautiful on the inside.

Visited August 2013
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Glad we toured it!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

The Crystal Cave was something we knew we'd regret if we didn't get around to seeing. We made a point to take one of our days to drive to see the cave. The drive wasn't bad at all. In fact, it was a really pretty drive. The tours run every 30 minutes so once you get there, you pay for your tour, lock up any food in your car in the bear storage bins, make a quick trip to the restroom and you're set to go. The informative part of your tour starts with your walk down. We had to all step on a disinfecting mat to clear our shoes of any material that might infect the local bats with "White Nose Disease." It takes about 20-30 minutes to hike the half mile down to the cave - and yes, that means you hike straight back up when the cave tour is over! Just when I thought I'd had my butt kicked, my husband noticed we were all of 20 steps to the exit of the trail!

The cave tour was interesting and the formations were really pretty. What was fascinating was that the cave represented just a very small area of a much larger cave system in the area. it was hard to imagine the thousands of years it took to create such formations. i was glad I we went.

Visited July 2013
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