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Address: 74101 E Kings Canyon Rd, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93633
Phone Number: 888-965-8243
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A 45-minute guided tour takes you into a wondrous world deep beneath the...

A 45-minute guided tour takes you into a wondrous world deep beneath the 2,000-foot high marble walls of the famous Kings Gate. Massive stalagmites, delicate stalactites and splendid arrays of crystalline formations are a visual treat. Boyden Cavern is in the deepest canyon in the United States. Open May - October.

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Boyden Cavern lies beneath the massive 2,000 foot high marble walls of the famous Kings Gates. It is a small cavern but with many varieties of natural speleothems, including rare... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
IheartZephyr
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Fresno, California
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This tour of boysenberry cavern is an in and out tour. It's a gem because if your want the crowds of crystal cave you can still enjoy the beauty in this one. The river they runs along its still amazing.

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Thank Karina R
Fresno, California
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Boyden Cavern lies beneath the massive 2,000 foot high marble walls of the famous Kings Gates. It is a small cavern but with many varieties of natural speleothems, including rare "shield" formations. Although the hike to the cave entrance is especially steep and very strenuous, it was short and is compensated with spectacular beauty above ground, the Kings River, the... More 

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2 Thank IheartZephyr
Troy, New York
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45 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I liked Boyden Cavern better than Crystal Cave. It was easier to get to, the formations were beautiful and the tour was interesting and to the point. We were even given the option to take an "adventure tour" on the way out, going through some very narrow openings.

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1 Thank Gergana K
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 via mobile

My 4/o boy and 7 y/o daughter enjoyed their first cave experience. The price was $14 for adults and $8 for kids. Bring your own packed lunch or snacks as the store only sells drinks on a vending machine and microwaveable foods on a vending machine. They have a microwave to use. The location was nice as there was a... More 

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2 Thank RNtraveler14
Fresno, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Boyden Cavern is a great trip to take during a hot summer day. The cave is about 55 °F, even in the middle of summer. The tour takes about 45 minutes. The whole family can do the walk. There are handrails and it is lighted. It is not well known, so it is not over crowded. It boasts a rare... More 

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1 Thank RobinRenne
Southern California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Boyden Cave was the very first cave I visited when I was in grade school. This is the cave that got me hooked. I returned after 35 years and still remember the features that enamored me back then. Since then, I have seen about a dozen caves and Boyden is one of the more basic ones. However, I had to... More 

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Thank WK_FamilyVaca
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015 via mobile

The cave itself is nothing special, price is about $45 for 2 adults and 2 kids. Staff is quite friendly, but has no geological or speleological knowledge whatsoever. The tour is more like an "hate are some cool facts about this cavern" then a decent explanation of why it formed, what minerals are in it, etc.... I personally felt like... More 

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1 Thank Nino M
Tulare, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

The tour guide (and his "mini-me" helper) were very friendly and informative. The path up to the cave entrance is fairly steep, but not too long. My preschool aged granddaughter was able to walk up it. The cavern itself is not huge, but it is a nicely preserved cave with some interesting features. Unlike some other caves, photography is allowed,... More 

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Thank Christy C
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

By Dead I mean there is no more water running through it or small pools so its not forming anymore. So its a dry cave. But being a caver I enjoy all caves. There are several rooms with beautiful formations 50,000 yrs old. Its paved inside and you go out the same way you came in but the tour guide... More 

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1 Thank Jeffrey F
Losangeles
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

We had visited the other cave in Sequoia Park, Crystal Cavern, and found it interesting. But Boyden was a disappointment. It is small and has few interesting features, and the paths through are difficult to navigate. Plus getting up to the entrance is a challenge. You are told it is a 10 minute uphill walk but not until you reach... More 

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