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California Cavern, State Historic Landmark

9565 Cave City Rd, Mountain Ranch, CA 95246-9674
+1 866-762-2837
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Limestone caverns with knowledgeable guides

We visited the caves in June, before the "floods" receded. Even so, we spent a very long time... read more

Reviewed 11 June 2017
Soulsbyville, California
Great experience

This cave was used in the gold rush days for weddings and various other things. A good way to spend... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2017
Betty H
Mountain Ranch, California
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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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  • Very good37%
  • Average6%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible0%
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“walking tour” (4 reviews)
“caves” (5 reviews)
“muddy” (2 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
9565 Cave City Rd, Mountain Ranch, CA 95246-9674
+1 866-762-2837
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Reviewed 11 June 2017

We visited the caves in June, before the "floods" receded. Even so, we spent a very long time inside the caves. When they offer helmets, take the helmet. Not a cave for tall people or the timid. There weren't lots of stairs, but the floor...More

Thank jcochran2016
Reviewed 10 April 2017

This cave was used in the gold rush days for weddings and various other things. A good way to spend some time on a hot day.

Thank Betty H
Reviewed 13 February 2017

My husband and I toured California Cavern in September, 2016. It is located near Angel's Camp in California Gold Country. We really lucked out and were the only 2 people on the tour! Our guide was young and a bit awkward in places, but she...More

1  Thank wakndhart
Reviewed 12 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...More

Thank Greg S
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...More

2  Thank Karen K
Reviewed 29 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.

Thank Benthien
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.

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 6 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...More

Thank wardgarner
Reviewed 23 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...More

1  Thank Jennifer A
Reviewed 8 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...More

Thank Redwolfian
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