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We had a fantastic time at Boyden cavern. It took quite some time to drive here - so be prepared... read more

Reviewed July 9, 2018
Great time!

Boyden Cavern lies beneath the massive 2,000 foot high marble walls of the famous Kings Gates. It... read more

Reviewed August 14, 2015
Fresno, California
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Jul 9, 2018
Jun 24, 2017
“Really Fun!”
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...more
74101 E Kings Canyon Rd, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93633
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Reviewed July 9, 2018

We had a fantastic time at Boyden cavern. It took quite some time to drive here - so be prepared for a long trip if with kids - but once there, it was great. The walk in the cavern is not too hard, so most...More

Date of experience: September 2017
7  Thank normanp311
Reviewed June 24, 2017

If you have extra time, this was a fun excursion. The drive to the entrance was much longer than expected, but our kids enjoyed the tour and the guides were fun and informative. Interesting, but only after you have covered the park.

Date of experience: June 2017
7  Thank SJSOLOM
Reviewed February 23, 2017

Went a couple years ago! Loved it! Just as good or maybe even a little better than Crystal Cave! Remember, leave no trace! Do NOT write or carve on rocks, do not litter and do not feed wildlife! Pick up pet feces & throw way...More

Date of experience: March 2016
6  Thank Backpacker_0905
Reviewed June 17, 2016

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

Date of experience: October 2015
10  Thank Backpacker_0905
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...More

Date of experience: April 2016
6  Thank Cheryl L
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.

Date of experience: July 2015
3  Thank Karina R
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,...More

Date of experience: July 2015
7  Thank IheartZephyr
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...More

Date of experience: July 2015
7  Thank GerganaK769
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...More

Date of experience: July 2015
6  Thank mari_reys
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....More

Date of experience: July 2014
5  Thank RobinRenne
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Does anyone know if Boyden cavern open? If it is closed, what is estimated time when it will be open to public?
September 18, 2015|
Response fromFresnoFacts|
Highway 180 which goes to Boyden Cavern, Cedar Grove, etc. will remain closed for the immediate future. Starting next week visitors will be able to travel to Grant Grove but no further. Boyden will not consider reopening until the highway is reopened. But Highway 180 from Grant Grove to Cedar Grove also always closes for the winter. This year the planned winter closure date is November 12. Hume Lake Camp has cancelled all of their events through the end of October which might indicate...More
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Boyden Cavern vs Crystal Cave - which one? (2 Replies)
We likely only have time to see one cave or cavern - which should we make it a point to see, Boyden Cavern or Crystal Cave - please pass along advice. Also I saw Crystal Cave tour times online but did not see Boyden Cavern tour times - can anyone help with times at Boyden? (will be there sometime around 9/8-9/10) Thanks for any help or advice!
August 02, 2015|
Response fromNorgetroll|
Good question! My husband and I just had this conservation at dinner the other night. And we did not come up with an answer. The walk to Crystal Cave is nice and the guides very good. It is a pretty spot. You must get tickets before hand. Not a big cave, but interesting. Boyden Cavern tours run just about every hour, no pre ticket needed. There is a climb up to the entrance. It is a deeper trip into the canyon. Or it feels like it. Tour guides are friendly, knowledgeable, more casual...More
Stephanie H
Bastrop, Texas
June Itinerary Check (2 Replies)
Hi guys, We are coming to visit SEKI this June as part of a 2 week road trip. Our group consists of Me (33), my husband (34), our daughter (12), and my grandmother (75). We have 2 nights reserved in a cabin at Grant Grove. My plan now is... Leave Yosemite in the morning, stopping in Fresno to visit with family for brunch, arrive at Grants Grove in the afternoon. Spend whats left of the afternoon and evening seeing the sights at Grant Grove. For our full day, we plan to drive into...More
May 01, 2017|
Response fromEva P|
I too am visiting Sequoia end of May and on doing my research I discovered Boyden Cavern is still closed as a result of a fire in 2015. No news on when it will reopen according to their site on May 1, 2017.