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Sierra Nevada Caves, Caverns & Mines

Sierra Nevada Caves, Caverns & Mines Overview

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Sierra Nevada caves feature stalactites, stalagmites, curtains and flowstones. Sierra Nevada caves and caverns are all uniquely interesting. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks feature two of the most interesting caves in the state. Join the standard cave tour or take the 'Wet Trail Tour' at Boyden Cavern. Upgrade to the 'Wild Cave Tour' at Crystal Cave to climb and crawl the cave at will. Most caves and mines hover around 60 degrees year round, making these underground attractions a great place to cool off on a warm summer day.

WARNING: Caves & mines can be dangerous and deadly. Please use caution and common sense when exploring a cave. Don't enter a cave without a light source and necessary safety equipment. Choose not to explore a cave if in doubt and stay alive.

WHITE-NOSE SYNDROME: Bat populations in the U.S. are suffering devastating losses due to White-Nose Syndrome. Learn about this disease before entering caves and see what you can do to prevent its spread.

Sierra Nevada Caves, Caverns & Mines

Boyden Cavern is located off Highway 180 west of Fresno in Kings Canyon National Park. Head north on 180 (Kings Canyon Highway) past Grant Grove Village for several miles. The parking lot is next to a bridge at the bottom of the canyon where the the Kings River crosses under the road. Stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones covered in crystals and rim-stone dams can be seen along a 45-minute guided walking tour. Choose to return the same way or take the more adventurous 'Wet Trail' out of the cavern. Open seasonally April through September.

Boyden Cavern
74101 E. Kings Canyon Road
Three Rivers, CA 93271
(866) 762-2837

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Crystal Cave Sequoia is located off the Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park, between the Ash Mountain entrance and Lodgepole Village. Turn off from Highway 198 (Generals Highway) and follow Crystal Cave Road for several miles. A short hike along Cascade Creek is necessary to reach the cave. Tickets must be purchased in person at Foothills or Lodgepole Visitor Centers in Sequoia National Park. Several tour options are available from the standard 45-minute tour to the 4 to 6-hour 'Wild Cave Tour', of which visitors are allowed to climb and crawl at will throughout the cave. Stalactites and curtains are found throughout this cave carved by a subterranean stream. Open seasonally mid-June to mid-October.

Crystal Cave Sequoia
Generals Highway
Three Rivers, California 93271
(559) 565-3759

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