Crystal Cave—Find Your Underground Adventure!
By Katie Wightman, Crystal Cave Manager for the Sequoia Parks Conservancy
Explore the treasure trove of cave formations in Crystal Cave in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in California (Gabriel Felton, Share the Experience)
Exploring the Cave
Crystal Cave is your underground adventure in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, California, and is vastly decorated with stalagmites, stalactites, columns, flowstone, helictites, along with some of the rarest cave formations – shields!
"By some accounts Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks could have been set aside solely to protect the amazing caves found in this area of the Southern Sierra Nevada." National Park ServiceThe true beauty of the cave is more than just its “decorations” but also the marble bedrock in which the cave was formed.
The Foothills Visitor Center, Lodgepole Visitor Center, Giant Forest Museum and/or the Kings Canyon Visitor Center are great places to start your adventure in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The Crystal Cave peak season is from mid-June through Labor Day. Always check-in at the closest Visitor Center for current cave conditions, as well as opening and closing dates and hours of operation. It's also a good idea to check current park road and weather conditions as you plan your trip. Use park maps to help you get around the area.
Camping and Lodging
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks have 14 campgrounds to choose from throughout the park during the peak season May thru September weather permitting. Three campgrounds are open year-round. Each campground is unique as they range from 2,100 feet (640 m) to 7,500 feet (2,286 m) in elevation. If camping isn’t your style check-out these other park lodging options.
Did You Know?
Crystal Cave is one of over 300 caves found in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. It is the second largest cave in the two parks and the fourth largest in California. Sequoia and Kings Canyon protect more than half of the caves located in the state.
- Fourth largest cave in California
- Home to unique lifeforms
- Cave tours lit by solar generated power system
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- Bakersfield (3 hours)