Exploring Sequoia's Crystal Cave
Crystal Cave offers five different tours during the summer season - the Daily Tour, Historic Candlelight Tour, Discovery Tour, Wild Cave Tour, and Junior Caver Tour.
Not every Sequoia National Park vista point is “under the sun.” There’s another Sequoia, just below the surface. Crystal Cave is a treasure of ornate marble polished by subterranean streams and decorated with curtains of icicle-like stalactites and mounds of stalagmites.
Located about a 40-minute drive south of Wuksachi Lodge, Crystal Cave at Sequoia is available for exploration during the summer months only. Sequoia Parks Conservancy offers guided tours daily from May 9 to November 29 for the 2015 season.
Tours include the standard 45-minute family tour, the 4-6 hour Adventure Tour (expect to get dirty!), the Junior Explorer tour for ages 8-13 and even a special Halloween event.
Crystal Cave is run by the Sequoia Parks Conservancy. We are unable to help with tickets or reservations. For more information, see the official Crystal Cave website.
Tickets and Reservations
Purchase tickets at Recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777 (from outside the US, please call 518-885-3639).
Purchasing tickets at least 30 days in advance is recommended. Occasionally, tickets may be available each day for purchase at the Foothills or Lodgepole Visitor Center.
You must have tickets before arriving at the Cave.
Crystal Cave is located off the Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park, between the Ash Mountain entrance and Giant Forest. There’s a half-mile hike required to get to the cave entrance – the reward is well-worth the scenic stroll. Purchase tickets at the Foothills or Lodgepole Visitor Centers.
What to Bring
Sequoia Parks Conservancy will provide flashlights and necessary equipment. Cave temperature is a constant 48 degrees so a jacket or sweater is recommended.
Book a stay at Wuksachi Lodge the night before your tour so you can be close to both the Lodgepole Visitor Center and Crystal Cave when you wake up in the morning!