Crystal Cave, Spring Valley
Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
Crystal Cave is Wisconsin’s longest known cave. Crystal Cave located in Wisconsin's Pierce County, less than a mile west of Spring Valley on State Highway 29. Discovered by accident in 1881 by William Vanasse, Crystal Cave is a multi-level solutional cave formed in dolomite bedrock located in the Prairie du Chien Group. The dolomite was formed approximately 485 million years ago in the lower Ordovician Period when a warm shallow ocean covered much of Wisconsin and Minnesota.OverviewThe cave is accessed by a series of steps and ramps that allow visitors to descend over 70 feet. Stalactites, stalagmites and rippling flowstone can be seen hanging from the ceiling or covering the ledges of the cave.During the school year, the cave is a popular destination for tourists and school field trips.Put Crystal Cave into our Spring Valley trip generator to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Spring Valley.
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We had a womderful time. My mom and I were the only ones on the tour since it was late Sept and the season was close to over. Very friendly tour guide, very knowlegeable.
Our tour guide, Larry, was quite knowledgeable and fun. He had a great rapport with our group of around twelve people, and his energy was great. I also appreciate how well it was stressed that we keep... read more »
We really enjoyed our spontaneous tour of Crystal Cave. We had a thorough tour guide who, although a little awkward, knew her script very well! Definitely a neat attraction to check out if you find yo... read more »
1 hour long tour. My first cave experience, really cool thing to do on a road trip. Our tour guide was great and charismatic. I think yours are every quarter hour (e.g. 3:00, 3:15, 3:30, 3:45). Gift shop to peruse before the tour, and there are other smaller activities on the plot of land.
Like many other reviewers said, the one hour tour fits the bill. the guides are very knowledgeable and make for a fun experience. You end up about 70 feet underground and it's quite damp, in fact you do get dripped on quite a bit. the temp is always 50, so bring a sweatshirt and wear shoes versus sandals. The ground is wet and there are small puddles. the cave itself is pretty good size with many rooms and connections - they do a good job of lighting it and keeping it safe to walk on. But remember, it is a cave and you will hit your head if you are not paying attention. This cave is NOT handicap accessible however, and if you have trouble walking up steep inclines and stairs, this may not be for you.
Finally had the chance to visit the Crystal Cave in Spring Valley, WI. My Wife is actually from this small town in Wisconsin. It was a GREAT experience. We went and brought our 4-month old son too. Great tour, super friendly and knowledgeable staff, great facility, and awesome little gift shop! If you are in the area - I highly recommend checking it out!
This was fantastic! We came at the end of the day so the tours was just us. How cool is that! The guide and his wife know so much and are so funny. The gift shop hosts an array of interesting rock products.
Nice place to take your kids. Very knowledgeable and friendly guides, decent price for the tour. There is also a picnic area and an area to pan for gemstones.
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