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California Cavern, State Historic Landmark

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The best walking tour

This was the best if three walking tours we went on (moaning, Mercer, and California). This tour... read more

Reviewed 30 July 2018
Jim W
Danville, CA
via mobile
Excellent cave with lots of rooms

We love caverns and this one was excellent. There are 10 or more rooms. Its quite muddy underfoot... read more

Reviewed 4 November 2017
Martin P
Shirley, United Kingdom
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California's first showcave has been conducting guided tours since 1850. Today, visitors are taken on 60-80 minute "Trail of Lights" tours of the intricate and beautiful rock formations made of marble, calcite, aragonite and gypsum. For the more...more
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9565 Cave City Rd, Mountain Ranch, CA 95246-9674
+1 866-762-2837
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Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

This was the best if three walking tours we went on (moaning, Mercer, and California). This tour is longer, is more extensive, has better stories and hardly any stairs. It does have some slippery floors and twisty narrow passages so be prepared. The caves are...More

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Reviewed 4 November 2017

We love caverns and this one was excellent. There are 10 or more rooms. Its quite muddy underfoot and some of the entrances are quite a squeeze, even on the "tourist" route. The young guide, Jacob, was very enthusiastic. And when they offer you a...More

1  Thank Martin P
Reviewed 11 June 2017

We visited the caves in June, before the "floods" receded. Even so, we spent a very long time inside the caves. When they offer helmets, take the helmet. Not a cave for tall people or the timid. There weren't lots of stairs, but the floor...More

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Reviewed 10 April 2017

This cave was used in the gold rush days for weddings and various other things. A good way to spend some time on a hot day.

Thank Betty H
Reviewed 13 February 2017

My husband and I toured California Cavern in September, 2016. It is located near Angel's Camp in California Gold Country. We really lucked out and were the only 2 people on the tour! Our guide was young and a bit awkward in places, but she...More

1  Thank wakndhart
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Excellent staff, facilities, etc. but I only rated it a 3-star because this just wasn't my idea of fun. It's worthy of a 5-star only if you like this kind of stuff. Prepare to get muddy a little bit from the knees down to your...More

1  Thank Greg S
Reviewed 17 February 2016

Of all the nearby caverns, this one is without question the most qualified to claim an ADVENTURE tour. They have a short and easy basic tour, a longer mid-level tour and a challenging extended Deep-Earth tour that even includes quite a bit of water during...More

2  Thank Karen K
Reviewed 29 November 2015

This was unexpectedly a great adventure. We grandparents are somewhat limited physically and were thrilled that we made it thru the tunnels. The caverns were beautiful and guide was excellent.

1  Thank Benthien
Reviewed 15 September 2015

This is a fun and historic place to visit. Unfortunately the Butte Fire, which is still burning, has burned down the entire town of Cave City. There is nothing left there except for the caverns.

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 6 September 2015

This is not as great a cavern as those like Kartechner Caverns or Luray Cavern, to name a couple of the magificent ones, but with this tour you get a good dose of Gold Rush history. For that reason, I would recommend this cavern. The...More

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