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“Try the Expedition”
Review of California Caverns

California Caverns
Ranked #3 of 13 things to do in Angels Camp
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

Our group of 6 boys and 2 adults signed up for the Mammoth Cave Expedition. I wimped out and took the regular tour. The boys spent about 45 minutes getting changed into their coveralls and knee pads and getting briefed on what to expect. The boys were 11 and 12 years old. They LOVED their tour and had no problems with any of the crawling and squirming through openings. They didn't get really dirty and wet until the very end of the tour when it was time to come get changed anyway.

A great thing about the Mammoth Cave Expedition is that there is always another easier way into each room if you start to get claustrophobic or look at an opening and your mind just says, "no way."

The Cavern is large with lots of different rooms and my tour guide did a great job of pointing out the interesting features in each room and telling the history behind the cavern. There's even a room with a feature called the bridalveil where they hold weddings once in a while.

I've been to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky and Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. Nothing compares to Carlsbad Caverns and this cave isn't as enormous as Mammoth but it's very interesting in it's own way and I would recommend it for a visit if you like caves.

The store is worth a visit too. I was very impressed with its selection of books on the outdoors. They offer gold panning in the summer and geodes you can crack yourself.

If you're with a group, California Cavern offers a nice campsite on a grassy field near a seasonal stream with picnic benches and BBQs.

8  Thank Beth B
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Reviewed 20 April 2013

The caverns have to be experienced. the are full of beauty and it is so interesting to see how everything is so different when looking around.

2  Thank Steph K
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Reviewed 6 August 2012 via mobile

I have been to all the caves and this one take the prize! Has quite a few chambers, the most in the entire county and very informative and funny staff. You will get history AND comedy involved in this tour. This is must for anyone interested in caving. They also have some fun looking excursions that I would like to try. One in particular is where you put on a jumpsuit and go missing around in the different holes and areas of the caves.

4  Thank Angelfire1234
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Reviewed 19 July 2012

We were coming down from our trip in the snow in Sno Park, a good 2 and a half hours drive from the San Joaquin Valley. This is up on the mountains taking 88 to 49 and ending up in Sno Park, a beautiful forested area with a frozen lake during the dead of winter and a great place to have snowball fights and skiing (for amateurs). So after a whole morning of enjoying the snow, we went down via Angels Camp on 49 towards the Moaning Caverns. Yes, Virginia! The place is open in the dead of winter! You have 3 choices on what to do there. You can have a guided cavern tour which lasts for about 45 mins. or you can rapel down the interior of the cave or just spend time with your friends and family having a picnic outside where tables and benches are available for free. One of the great picnic spots because you will have a great view of the surrounding mountains and the valley below.

2  Thank 471BOVIC471
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Reviewed 7 April 2012

If you've never been down in a cavern, this is a wonderful place for a first time experience.

2  Thank BSalazar
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