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Address: CA-180 E, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93265
Phone Number:
+1 559-784-1500
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Crystal Cave is a marble cave with a wide variety of stalactites,...

Crystal Cave is a marble cave with a wide variety of stalactites, stalagmites, and other geologic features and cave-adapted wildlife that add to its popularity with visitors and scientists from around the world.

There is a wide variety of tour options and experiences that appeal to adults, families, and the wild caver.

Crystal Cave is open early May-late November, weather and conditions permitting. Advance reservations are online.

Please review the physical fitness precautions before purchasing tickets. No pets.

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Love really caving here!

Very good cave. I really loved signing up for the special caving where you actually do caving, crawling through tight tunnels, etc. Great experience! Remember, leave no trace! Do... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
San Luis Obispo, CA
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San Luis Obispo, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very good cave. I really loved signing up for the special caving where you actually do caving, crawling through tight tunnels, etc. Great experience! 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 in trash, bury human feces & completely put out campfires.... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Be prepared to walk a long way! It's like any other cavern except it has that great entrance. Well worth the visit if you can stomach the climb down and back up!

Thank Paul C
Milpitas, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Must visit if you go to Sequoia National Park. Worth the money and walk to the cave. But not sure why they charged the kids under 3 years of age. My 9-year-old particularly liked it a lot. It has been well maintained. Our tour guide 'Brain' was very informative and answered each and every question patiently. Be sure to ask... More 

Thank jeeneh2015
Banbury, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

I suppose the cancellation was unavoidable but it was a disappointment to make it 8 miles down the track to the car park outside the cave only to have to return to get a refund from the visitor centre

Thank poirbellehelene
Bedale, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

This was a activity we both loved even though it was a long walk down with the guide stating a the health and safety chat at the top we might see rattle snakes fortunately we DID not. Don't forget your water you need it on the way back up. The cave experience was made all the better by our enthusiastic... More 

Thank stell77
Croydon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

It is quite a long drive from the main road in the park, but hey - more to see. The walk down is fine, but coming back up would be a challenge for the less able bodied. You don't really know dark until they turn all the lights off in a cave - very disorientating!

Thank William K
Pomona, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

1. Appmt was at 12PM and drove from Giant Forest Museum were you buy tix at 11AM. Took 28 minutes from main Gen Hwy to parking inside canyon. Waited for 30 min, 20 walked down into canyon. Meet a guide at bottom. 2. it is shaded and waterfalls at bottom, cool, but only good boots/shoes and seldom is there a... More 

Thank Drew L
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The hike down to the cave was really nice! Easy going down, harder coming up! There was even a waterfall by the entrance to the cave which was a lovely surprise. Going inside the cave was exciting! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and made our tour very interesting! My kids (8 years and 11 years) really liked it! It... More 

Thank 333Christie
La Jolla, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Getting there- The cave parking lot is a 25 min drive from Foothills Visitor Center. To go into the cave, you need to hike downhill for about 15 min (a mile). The hike back from the cave to the parking lot is all uphill and should take 15 min to half hour. Tours - Reservations are required to go inside... More 

Thank HereGoesGG
Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

The 40 minute walk to the caves is an additional plus, through pine resin scented forests and sparkling waterfalls. This is caving light, as soon as you enter the domed entrance channels of almost luminescent water trickle downwards, pale azure, the temperature drops. There are several large caverns connected by small passageways, one where you have to squeeze yourself sideways,... More 

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