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California Cavern, State Historic Landmark

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Address: 9565 Cave City Rd, Mountain Ranch, CA 95246-9674
Phone Number: +1 866-762-2837
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Sat - Sun 11:00 - 15:00
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California's first showcave has been conducting guided tours since 1850....

California's first showcave has been conducting guided tours since 1850. Today, visitors are taken on 60-80 minute "Trail of Lights" tours of the intricate and beautiful rock formations made of marble, calcite, aragonite and gypsum. For the more adventurous, three and five hour challenging caving expeditions can be reserved, exploring the inner reaches of the cave. Comprehensive school program available. Above ground activities include gemstone mining, free nature trail, picnic tables, volleyball court.

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This is a fun and historic place to visit. Unfortunately the Butte Fire, which is still burning, has burned down the entire town of Cave City. There is nothing left there except... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 September 2015
Michael M
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Arnold, California
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Suisun City
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Excellent staff, facilities, etc. but I only rated it a 3-star because this just wasn't my idea of fun. It's worthy of a 5-star only if you like this kind of stuff. Prepare to get muddy a little bit from the knees down to your feet. Do not wear flip-flops and plan on getting your shoes a little bit muddy... More 

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San Andreas, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

Of all the nearby caverns, this one is without question the most qualified to claim an ADVENTURE tour. They have a short and easy basic tour, a longer mid-level tour and a challenging extended Deep-Earth tour that even includes quite a bit of water during the wet Spring season, that provides an experience you'll be talking about for years to... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2015

This was unexpectedly a great adventure. We grandparents are somewhat limited physically and were thrilled that we made it thru the tunnels. The caverns were beautiful and guide was excellent.

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Thank Benthien
Arnold, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

This is a fun and historic place to visit. Unfortunately the Butte Fire, which is still burning, has burned down the entire town of Cave City. There is nothing left there except for the caverns.

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Thank Michael M
Castro Valley, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2015

This is not as great a cavern as those like Kartechner Caverns or Luray Cavern, to name a couple of the magificent ones, but with this tour you get a good dose of Gold Rush history. For that reason, I would recommend this cavern. The other thing that differentiates this from other cavern tours is the exertion needed to take... More 

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Thank wardgarner
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015 via mobile

Our tour was in the mammoth cave.... The cave system itself was amazing and to see natures creation was awesome . My issues that didn't make our tour as good as it could have been .... #1 Just my opinion but the fact that small infant babies are allowed in those caves is insane!!!!! What a safety hazard and what... More 

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Pine Mountain Club, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2015

Took the entire family on this tour. Only one tour was available that day, and that was perfect for our schedule. We went end of June 22 2015 on a typical hot summer day, so the cool temp of the caverns was welcomed. Guide was informative and explained the many cave features. I'm a pretty big guy in height and... More 

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Grass Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2015

We came here for a historical site report my 4th grader is working on. We had such a good time and the caves were fairly easy to maneuver. We've visited Mercer Caverns - very steep and lots of steps but we loved that too! This is just easier if you'r having any trouble with mobility but can still get around... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2015

We decided to go to California Cavern after reading the reviews of all the Caverns in the region...Moaning Cavern, Black Chasm, California, and Mercer Caverns. Because of some mobility issues, we decided that California Cavern sounded like the easiest. Some of the other caverns have a LOT of steps to contend with. We were so glad we chose this one!... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2014

Though this cavern may not be massive like the Oregon Caves, it is large enough to have quite a bit of different formations. But what I found interesting is the stories behind the cave, how it was found, how it was used and such (thus a State Historical Landmark). Certainly a great place to bring the kids. I took the... More 

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