California is filled with some of the most enchanting caves and caverns, just waiting for you to explore them. These areas located deep in the mountains, canyons and desert areas, are fun, educational, and help to create memorable experiences for the entire family .
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The Crystal Cave located in Sequoia National Park is a treasure to behold. The cave contains ornate marble that has been polished by the subterranean streams for hundreds of years to create its brilliant shine. There are also plenty of stalactite and stalagmite formations to admire throughout the tour. The family cave tour lasts for 50 minutes and is suitable for all ages. Additional tours such as the Wild Cave Tour, Junior Cave Tour and Discovery Tour are designed for different age groups.
A tour of the Mercer Caverns located in Murphys, CA provides you with an up close and personal look at the majestic underground formations. Along with the tour of the caverns, you can also tour the Mining Company and learn more about what it was like to be a miner back in the 1800s. Tours last around 45 minutes and the start times vary by season.
Moaning Cavern Adventure Park
This park offers so much more than your typical cave tour. There are zip lines, a cavern to explore and a fun climbing tower. Moaning Cavern is also the home of the largest vertical chamber inside a public cavern that visitors have access to in the state of California. This park offers fun adventures and plenty of educational info for the entire family.
Black Chasm Cavern National Natural Landmark
The Black Chasm Cavern National Natural Landmark offers an excellent cave tour with many underground unusual sights to see. The tour guides are very helpful and informative, and overall the cave tour is easy to walk through making this a good choice for explorers of all ages.
Del Dotto Napa Valley Winery & Historic Caves
This is a one-of-a-kind cave tour experience that takes you through the historic property of Napa Valley’s first wineries. This location dates back to 1885 and was recently restored by current owners Dave and Yolanda Del Dotto. Their red wine is now aged in the caves which improves the flavor and the overall aging experience compared to modern wineries.
Mitchell Caverns is located inside the Providence Mountains State Recreation Area. The caverns were closed down several years ago, but recently reopened in November of 2017 thanks to the popular demand of the public This cave tour now has newly installed lighting and reservations are required. Call the park directly at (760) 928-2586 for more information about upcoming tours.