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Address: 74101 E Kings Canyon Rd, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93633
Phone Number: +1 888-965-8243
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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 bubblesReviewed August 14, 2015
IheartZephyr
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Fresno, California
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Ione, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

This place is closed. No signs, no information as to why it is no longer open. So if you're driving all the way to the bottom of Kings Canyon to see this cave, don't bother.

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3 Thank hillbillybear40
San Luis Obispo, CA
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129 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2016

This is a nice cave, better than Crystal Cave. Beautiful site and great tour! Loved the area and drive there.

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6 Thank Backpacker_0905
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2016

We just returned from Kings Canyon and were amazed with the destruction left by the Rough Fire from last summer and fall. We entered the 180 past Hume Lake the day that it opened and found Boyden Cavern as well as the souvenir shop closed due to damage from the fire.

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4 Thank Cheryl L
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2016 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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1 Thank Karina R
Fresno, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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3 Thank IheartZephyr
Troy, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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4 Thank Gergana K
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Fresno, California
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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3 Thank RobinRenne
Southern California
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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1 Thank WK_FamilyVaca
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2 of 5 bubbles 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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