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Crystal Cave

CA-180 E, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93265
+1 559-784-1500
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Magnificent

Crystal cave! Oh my, it was speechless , no words can describe , I don't know what to tell , you... read more

Reviewed August 23, 2015
Billqw
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El Monte, California
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Waste of time and money - don't go!!

About as bad an experience as you could get. Took ages to get there - the cave tour is very limited... read more

Reviewed August 20, 2015
Tony B
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London, United Kingdom
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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CA-180 E, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93265
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Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

Crystal cave! Oh my, it was speechless , no words can describe , I don't know what to tell , you have to see with your own eyes. You can buy the ticket at Foothill transit visitors center, bring jacket with you . It was...More

1  Thank Billqw
CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to share your experience. We are really glad to hear that you liked it just as much as we do. For those reading this review, driving times vary due to driving conditions and location from where you bought your tickets....More

Reviewed August 20, 2015

About as bad an experience as you could get. Took ages to get there - the cave tour is very limited and the cave very unexeciting compared to other caves visited. The tour guide was incredibly patronising - the whole tour should have taken 10...More

2  Thank Tony B
Reviewed August 14, 2015

One of the most beautiful cave that we have visited so far. The cave is also of a big size. There are many different formations. The cave is very wet and growing well with its river running along the marble structure. To get to the...More

Thank IheartZephyr
CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

We are super glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed the cave. We couldn't agree more, Yucca Creek is beautiful as it runs through the cave. Thanks for the encouraging review! We hope you can squeeze in one more national park visit before...More

Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

Crystal cave is kind of worth it. If you aren't in somewhat in physical shape the hike down and up is going to be a little tough. It isn't that cold in there to wear a jacketet. Overall it was pretty scenic and you learn...More

Thank ajgomez91
CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

We are glad that you enjoyed the cave. The cave seems to get people talking, even when they don't mean to disrupt. For those reading this review and wondering about phones, there is no reception however visitors can use their phones as cameras with no...More

Reviewed August 11, 2015

I remember going into the cave. It was so dark, I was initially scared. But all of the stalactites, stalagmites, and columns were so impressive. I was also excited when I got to touch The Touching Rock, so called because someone touched it and caused...More

Thank Schwarzschild
CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

Hey, thanks for bringing up the cave stewardship message! If you are reading this and wondering,Crystal Cave is very much a living cave which takes everyone's effort to protect and preserve. There is a 'no touching' rule that applies inside Crystal Cave and all other...More

Reviewed August 10, 2015

Getting to the cave is a bit of a challenge -- the drive is down a narrow, windy road, followed by a half-mile hike (downhill on the way to the cave). As you're waiting for the tour at the end of the hike, there's a...More

1  Thank imatechfan
CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

'Glad you had a good visit. Thanks for bringing the cave road driving situation. It is indeed narrow. Drive slowly, stay on your side, and watch for wildlife that are often ambling down the middle of the road. If someone is in a rush, there...More

Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

The arduous climb down to and up from this spectacular place is a challenge for even the super fit, but well worth the strain on one's lungs and entire body. Entering this surreal hidden cave is truly mind blowing. The colors when illuminated are spectacular...More

Thank Richard C
CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

WOW! You painted a great image for us. Lights out in Marble Hall can be a real adventure for most however if you are worried, please approach your guide before the tour begins to let them know that you are nervous. We really want you...More

Reviewed August 4, 2015

A steep hike to and from the cave, so be prepared! The cave was beautiful, although the formations were a consistent white color (compared to other caves that have some variety.)More

Thank gartam
CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

Thanks for the review and for remarking on the marble. Did you catch the blue/grey banding in the marble stream bed? Wasn't that something? It reminds us of those twirly coloured paper straws they used to give out with milk. Happy travels in whatever national...More

Reviewed August 3, 2015

We really enjoyed our visit to this cave. We've been to other caves that as other reviewers have mentioned may have been more spectacular in one way or another, but this cave was truly beautiful. Our tour guide, Gordo, was outstanding, her clearly had a...More

Thank Breatheitin
CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

WOW! Thank you for sharing your encouraging impression and for the shout-out to Gordo! We're kind of partial to Crystal Cave, but we'll admit that they're all pretty fascinating. So, folks, don't stop at this one. Consider Crystal Cave just the tip of the ice...More

Reviewed August 2, 2015

I was excited and interested in seeing it but felt a bit disappointed after. Basically you buy tickets ahead of time. The drive down to the parking area took a while. When it is your time, you line up and get a 20 min talk...More

4  Thank sc120
CrystalCave1940, Manager at Crystal Cave, responded to this review

Well, darn! We are sorry to learn that you were disappointed. There is so much to see and do in these two national parks that it is difficult to prioritize and rate as the #1 experience. We do hope that you will continue to explore...More

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larsnelson
what time of year is the cave open for visitors
February 3, 2017|
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Response from preciadogeli | Reviewed this property |
I've only attended in the summer and I am unsure of their yearly schedule. Check out this website and hopefully you will find your answer. Good day to you! explorecrystalcave
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prepper
I just checked recreation.gov for tickets and says the basic discovery tours are only given mid june through mid august?! Is this information correct? We are looking to go next year the first week in september
October 5, 2016|
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Response from Wendy S | Reviewed this property |
We went Sept. 18, 2016.
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skiqd
I am trying to find out how to use public transportation to get to Crystal Caves from Visitors center in Sequoia. I do not have a car to drive up there Thank you Laurie
August 15, 2016|
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Response from Kellymse | Reviewed this property |
There is a shuttle, but I don't think it takes you all the way to the caves. From the turnoff, it's probably 3 miles. Check their website for more info.
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