Exploring Sequoia's Crystal Cave


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Crystal Cave offers five different tours during the summer season.

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 will offer guided tours daily from May 25, 2018 through September 30, 2018.

Tours include:

  • Family Tour: 50 minutes
  • Wild Cave Tour: 4-6 hours, and expect to get dirty!
  • Junior Caver Tour: 2.5-hour tour for ages 10-15
  • Discovery Tour: 1 1/2 hours
  • Thirteen and Older Tour: 50 minutes

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

Tickets go on sale six months prior to tour dates, and will be available online starting November 25, 2017. They will be available for purchase at Recreation.gov, or by calling 877-444-6777 (from outside the U.S., 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.

Location

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.

Traveler Tip

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!

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