The Crystal Caves are beautiful, but seeing them from the depths of the tunnels and caverns is something so unique and amazing that I can't even put into words.
The Wild Cave Tour includes 2 guides and caving supplies (helmets, lights, pads and gloves). The guides are informative, fun and add a lot to the experience! They teach you about the caves, formations, how to maneuver through the tunnels and crevasses; and, they even carry your disposable camera for you so you can focus on getting around.
My boyfriend & I have never done anything like this before. The requirements are strict, and you MUST meet them (size, strength, agility, etc.). You should be somewhat fearless and have a great sense of adventure. You will really enjoy this experience more if you do!
Every pathway and room has a story, and the guides will answer questions and share their knowledge with you. Carey & Sarah were our guides, and they were awesome people!
The cave tour lasts about 4 to 5 hours with a break for rest, food and other needs. You will get very dusty, dirty and somewhat muddy. Girls: wear a tank top, tee shirt and sweatshirt or fleece. You could also wear a skin tight long sleeve shirt and sweatshirt or fleece. Keep your body warm. You won't get too hot in there! Guys: wear a long sleeve shirt and a fleece. Wear jeans you don't care about (the tighter the better - you don't want to get dirt up or down them if you can help it, plus you will have to put knee pads over them).
Bring plenty of water for the break and walk back up to the parking lot. Bring a flash light for the walk back up too. You can store your items in the cave entrance area. Bring a nicer camera (if you want) for the before and after photos, but only bring a disposable camera for the tour itself (it will get full of dirt). Ask your tour guides to wipe the lens or blow in it to clear the dust before taking pix of you. My camera had dust all over the lens and some pix didn't show up. I didn't realize this at the time we were crawling around.
Most of all, have fun! This is a truly unique and wonderful experience!