Crystal Cave, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

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  • Good tour with guide. Long walk down and back, but worth the walk. Wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers. Educational and fun.  more »
  • you will need to take the guided tour to visit the cave, it was well worth it. the tour offered great learning experience, plus the cave just simply amazing to see.  more »
  • Last day of operation when we visited on October 1. Very strenuous/steep walk to and from Cave. Take water, wear comfortable shoes, and a light jacket for inside the Cave. Loved the tour. I visited th...  more »
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  • The drive takes a bit of time because the road is windy, and while paved, it's a little bit rough. If you buy tickets online you take your reservation confirmation to the little bookstore shack at the top of the trail and they'll give you your tickets. The guide will go over some rules in the parking lot. After, you make your way down the trail where another guide meets you at the bottom and covers the rules again. They take you through the cave and it's absolutely beautiful. The hike down is a little steep, but the way back up you aren't in a rush so you can take as many breaks as necessary. Totally worth it! :)
  • 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.
  • I would give no stars if I could. We ran into some serious car problems which made our family of 11 miss the cave tours. We tried calling, per their policy, but there is absolutely NO SERVICE IN THE PARK! So how can anyone get ahold of them to make accommodations for schedule changes? When we were finally able to find a pay phone and call recreation.gov we were told to bad so sad. We did not even want a refund at that point, just to see if they could find room for our family tour on a day that was not booked up. Very disappointed with the poor customer service and inability to work with us. But they had no problem taking the $150+ it cost for the reservations!
  • 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.

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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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