Crystal Cave

 
People gather in an open room along a cave trail
Visitors gather around a cave naturalist on a Crystal Cave Tour.

Allison Taggart-Barone

 
 

Visiting Crystal Cave

Crystal Cave is an excellent example of a marble cavern. A half-mile loop trail leads through the cave, and there's also a steep half-mile walk to and from the cave parking area to the entrance. Because of fragile formations, the only way to visit the cave is on a guided tour. Tours are suitable for all ages. If you decide to see the cave, plan on spending about half a day traveling to the cave, walking to the entrance, and taking the 50-minute tour.

Guided tours of Crystal Cave are offered from spring through fall by our partner, the Sequoia Parks Conservancy. Buy tickets online at least 36 hours in advance, but we recommend you purchase two months in advance of your visit. Tickets are not available at the cave.

Tours are offered between 10 am and 4 pm, Thursday through Sunday (closed Monday–Wednesday).

On the day of your tour, be very sure to leave enough travel time to make it to the cave on time for your tour.

Bring jackets; the temperature inside is 50 degrees F (10 degrees C). Before buying tickets, check other important information about tours.

Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) and American Sign Language Tours Available

Assisted Listening Devices allow visitors with hearing loss to have the tour naturalist’s voice amplified through headphones, or directly into hearing aids with the assistance of a t-coil loop. ALDs are available to every tour group.

Tablets that provide interpretive information in American Sign Language (ASL) during the tour are also available. There is no extra charge and no reservation is necessary. If preferred, visitors can request an ASL interpreter in advance by contacting the SPC Field Institute at SFI@sequoiaparks.org.

Directions

Vehicles over 22 feet and those towing trailers are not allowed on the narrow and curving Crystal Cave Road.

Crystal Cave is near the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park. From Foothills Visitor Center: turn right on to Generals Hwy. Drive 13 miles (20 km). Turn left on to the Cave Road—look for the sign as you enter Giant Forest. Drive 6.5 miles (10 km) to the parking area. From Lodgepole Visitor Center: turn left on to Generals Hwy. Drive 6.5 miles (10 km) through Giant Forest. Turn right on to the Cave Road. Drive 6.5 miles (10 km) to the parking area.

 
 

More Information about Park Caves

Visit the Caves/Karst Systems page to learn more about additional caves in these parks, their geology, and the variety of animal life found in some caves. If you are interested in cave management and research, the Managing Park Caves page highlights some of the ways park staff manage caves to protect their fragile formations and cave life, and scientific work that supports these management efforts.

Last updated: September 14, 2021

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