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Moaning Cavern

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What a Blast!!!

Spent the day at Moaning Cavern with my Husband and two children. We had a Blast!!! the surrounding... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Palo Alto, California
Interesting underground cavern

This cavern was a relatively easy drive vs. Mercer or California Cavern State Historical Landmark... read more

Reviewed February 19, 2019
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Gold miners first explored Moaning Cavern in 1851, but Native Americans had revered the site for centuries because of the haunting, moaning sounds coming from the entrance. Today, visitors enter by descending a metal spiral staircase. Or make...more
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5350 Moaning Cave Rd, Vallecito, CA 95251
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent the day at Moaning Cavern with my Husband and two children. We had a Blast!!! the surrounding areas were a sight to see. My family and I are hoping to visit again.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed February 19, 2019

This cavern was a relatively easy drive vs. Mercer or California Cavern State Historical Landmark in the winter month of February (it was snowing and raining on this particular day). The staff here were very friendly and knowledgeable. The initial staircase down and spiral staircase...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed February 11, 2019

We came here as a birthday activity for myself (turned 59) and invited our nieces family to join us. Our niece has 6 children all under 9 years of age. We came on the Saturday before Christmas. There were no crowds. The kids LOVED the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank MBA-Editor
Reviewed November 14, 2018

We thought this was a different cavern, so bought the tickets before we found out about the 200+ steps we would have to climb down, then back up. If you are not up to the uninterrupted climb, the spiral stairs have enough room for the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Westea
Reviewed November 5, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I came by on a Thursday with another couple. I had been looking forward to this visit for quite some time, however, much to my surprise, I could not make the descent to get into the cave. I was overwhelmed with anxiety...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank sueo735
MoaningCaverns, Owner at Moaning Cavern, responded to this reviewResponded November 14, 2018

Thank you for your review. Yes, the descent down can be intimidating to some but that’s okay, maybe you will want to try again someday, we hope you do!

Reviewed September 4, 2018 via mobile

The tour was great. The staircase down is 234 stairs and it is quite narrow and steep. Danielle, our guide, was super fun and lively. The spiral staircase is a monument to innovation and the cave formations are breathtaking. There was so much to see...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed July 30, 2018 via mobile

The unique thing about this cavern is the giant indoor space. Unlike other tours where you go room to room, this all takes place in one enormous room that you get to see from top to bottom. There are a lot of stairs so don’t...More

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank Jim W
Reviewed July 15, 2018

Great cavern in dirty/dusty location. They should not allow anyone with flip-flops or flat sandals on the guided cave tour, but they do it anyway. Arrived on a Saturday at 2:02 pm and was told we missed the last tour, but there was another at...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Bill V
Reviewed June 14, 2018 via mobile

When visiting Sonora myself and my girlfriend came across maoning cavern and it turned out to be so much fun. The cave tour lasts about 45 mins and was worth every penny to see such natural beauty. Be warned this may not be suitable for...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank C6505DEscotth
Reviewed June 12, 2018 via mobile

If you’re looking for an actual adventure with beautiful rock formations, this is the place. We did the adventure tour. Serena was our guide. She was extremely patient and helpful at all times. She knew the answer to every question I asked and was easily...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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January 24, 2015|
Response from margarets194 | Reviewed this property |
I did not see a height or weight or age limit but I think that there ought to be an advisory notice that it is not suitable for people who struggle with mildly stressful exercise. I had a similar issue some years ago at... More