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“Great family tour!”
Review of Gardner Cave

Gardner Cave
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Owner description: The cave is a part of Crawford State Park about 10 miles north of Metaline Falls WA. It is about 1/4 mile S of the Canadian border so you can walk from the cave entrance to the Border and take your picture at a sign which says, I walked to Canada. The cave is tour only and only on certain days.
Post Falls, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great family tour!”
Reviewed 28 June 2011

We took our three year old daughter for her first cave experience and she was not disappointed! The cave has a nice walk way down into it via a guided tour. The tour is pretty casual overall. The cave is lit so you can see all the cool formations. It it not a long tour and the cave goes down a bit but is not gigantic or anything. Obviously if you have trouble with stairs, it might be a difficult tour for you. They do a nice lights off moment at the end of the walk way, but they give you a warning it is coming.

The trail to the Canadian border is fairly steep. Our three year old had to be carried over some portions, otherwise it was fine. Steep down and steep walk going back up, of course. The trail is a dirt hiking trail, not paved or gravel. Trees across the trail were common.

We liked it enough we are taking our soon to be three year old son for his first cave and day trip, even though it is a 2.5 hour drive for us from Spokane, WA.

Note: the swimming hole outside of Metaline at the dam area was great! Very natural (tall tall grass at the bottom) but big enough to really enjoy with a floating dock in the middle. It really was like swimming in the grass ponds of days gone by. Hang on to your stuff, though as if you drop something you won't be able to get it back! We lost our daughter's salt water sandals when daddy decided to put them in his pocket while swimming. Gone forever!

Visited July 2010
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“Pretty decent cave experience”
Reviewed 12 August 2010

This is a nice cave AND you can walk 1/4 mile from the cave entrance to the Border with Canada. Although you can't cross the border without a passport, there is a sign there saying "I walked to Canada". Good for pictures. Nice trail. The cave is not a destination point, but well worth it if you are in the area. You can only see the cave via a tour. It is single file on a metal walkway, so you want to get to the front of the line if possible. If the group is large and you are in the back, you won't hear everything or see everything. There is a 'sign up' sheet at the parking lot. If the sheet says "full", don't believe it. We almost did. They will take everyone. Just walk up the hill to the cave entrance and wait for the tour guide and try to get near the front. There are nice limestone features in the cave. **Please** follow the rules and do not touch the limestone features so they can be preserved for others. There already is enough vandalism in the cave, thus the required tours.

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