Crystal Cave

Explore the underground world of Sequoia National Park. Of the more than 200 caves in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, this is the only one open to public tours. Crystal Cave is a “living” cave. It is actively forming in a narrow band of marble rock, evidenced by the stream that once dissolved the cave passageways still flowing throughout.  While exploring several large rooms, cave visitors will gaze at lavish ancient crystalline formations, all formed from mineral water, one droplet at a time.

Crystal Cave is biologically significant, playing host to several endemic species of cave-adapted invertebrates. Cave life is often seen during the tours. Crystal Cave tour facilities and cave lighting are operated entirely on solar electricity.

On your half-mile walk to reach Crystal Cave you will experience a distinct transition of plant communities. As you descend 320 feet, the mixed conifer forest blends into an oak woodland. The trail then leads to a riparian zone, where the visitor is awed by a series of waterfalls along Cascade Creek.  

Naturalist guided tours of Crystal Cave are offered daily mid-May through late October, through the non-profit park partner, the Sequoia Natural History Association.  A variety of tour options are available. Please check for current tour schedules and offerings. Tickets are only sold at the Lodgepole and the Foothills Visitor Centers, not at the cave itself.

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Latitude: 36.5444502 Longitude: -118.7863149 Elevation: 4967 ft

Recreational Opportunities

Guided cave walking tours. Wild cave tours are available on a limited basis. Hiking trails available throughout the national park.

Seasons Accessible

Late spring through early fall.


Current fees for the basic tour are $13 adult and $7 children. Fees are subject to change.

ADA Accessibility Notes

This is a natural area which includes a steep trail to the cave and narrow passageways inside the cave. The parking area has accessible restrooms, but the trail to the cave and the cave itself cannot accommodate wheelchairs. The trail to the cave is a half mile, has stairs and steep drop-offs. The cave is growing and thus has dripping water that can make the trail slippery. More safety precautions are listed on the website and provided in the park visitor centers.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are not permitted on the cave trail or in the cave. They may not be left unattended in the parking area or in vehicles.

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