Crystal Cave, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

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  • The drive from the turn off the main highway & tour took about 2.5 hrs total. Tour time in cave about 30 minutes - remaining time for driving & hiking. Hiking trail about 0.5 miles. Hike down at gradu...  more »
  • My husband became claustrophobic here because of the large groups. There were 50 people per group, the cave is not huge, and while we were in there a second group appeared. I think that for sure, the ...  more »
  • Very good cave. I really loved signing up for the special caving where you actually do caving, crawling through tight tunnels, etc. Great experience! Remember, leave no trace! Do NOT write or carve on...  more »
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  • This was so awesome, my wife said it was better than Disneyland. Buy your $16 tickets at Lodgepole visitors center and give yourself at least an hour to get there. You'll want to be early. Bring a flashligh and a UV flashlight does wonders on the formations. The 1\2 mile hike from the parking lot is steep but not too bad. About 15 minutes if you go slow. The tour lasts about 45 minutes and was informative. If you carry a pack down you have to leave it just inside the cave. It is safe there. The tour is a 1/2 mile inside the cave but not strenuous. It is a cool 50°F inside the cave which was pleasing since it was in the 90's outside the day we went. Pictures don't do it justice. The hike back up took us 20 minutes but we took our time and rested often to enjoy the falls and beautiful scenery. (Also to catch our breath it is tough but not as bad as it looks) definitely will be returning again.
  • Awesome experience. Great to learn about crystal formations, how they grow over the years. Our guide was great. Allow at least 2-3 hours.
  • The WORST tour I ever experienced. Due to no accessibility for Deaf visitors, I asked for the script. They didn't provide it. I then asked for the discount. They refused. I had to pay the full admission fee for the information I never received from the tour guide. It was not fair. The tour guide talked constantly for ten minutes before we moved to a next location. Then he talked another ten minutes with the group. It BORED me to death due to no information I obtained. I will NOT recommend the tour. Not worth it.
  • When we arrived in Sequoia, we had no idea it had a cave. A $30 registration for two people was all we needed to explore this beautiful natural wonder. We drove 45 minutes to the cave spot on the only road in and out, and arrived early for our guided 45 minute tour. Nae, our guide, did an excellent job relaying important history and connecting it to human impact on the environment. Beautiful tiny crystals littered the cave walls and the final chasm at the end was magnificent. Nae took a moment to let us feel what perfect darkness is like by turning off the cave lights-all the young kids on the tour were not happy, but the adults were calm enough to enjoy such a rare experience. Try to take the early bird tour, but give yourself a good hour from the visitor center to get there.
  • It was pretty cool seeing how the cave formed. The air was surprisingly quite fresh underground. The tour guide was nice and knew a lot of information. Definitely recommend this as an activity to do in Sequoia National Park.

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks provide plenty of lodging right inside their boundaries. Kings Canyon operates three lodges and a set of cabins, with two of the lodges and the cabins remaining open throughout the year. Of these, the John Muir Lodge sits closest to the entrance. The parks also offer more than a dozen campgrounds about equally distributed between them, with most operating on a first-come, first-served basis. Campsites fill up quickly on Friday nights in summer, but you should be able to find a place for your tent any other time during the week. Your accommodation options expand if you look along Sierra Road to the west of the parks. Motels, nature resorts, inns, bed and breakfasts, and lodges line the road, which runs alongside the North Fork Kaweah River.
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