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Moaning Cavern

Parrotts Ferry Road, Vallecito, CA
+1 209-736-2708
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Moaning cavern adventure tour - they don't kid when they rate it wild

We did the adventure tour, 3 hours of splunking through the cave in a 4 person group with guide... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
T A
,
Miami, Florida
via mobile
Really just a large hole. 200+ steps down

Nothing against the nice people that work there, but having toured other caverns this was really... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Karley S
,
San Diego
via mobile
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Gold miners first explored Moaning Cavern in 1851, but Native Americans had revered the site for centuries because of the haunting, moaning sounds coming from the entrance. Today, visitors enter by descending a metal spiral staircase. Or make reservations for an exciting two-hour Adventure Trip. Above ground activities: gemstone mining, gold panning, free nature trail. School program available. Open every day, year round. We try to maintain our operational hours at Trip Advisor.
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  • Very good34%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“zip line” (31 reviews)
“adventure tour” (13 reviews)
“basic tour” (7 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
Parrotts Ferry Road, Vallecito, CA
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+1 209-736-2708
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"an interesting place"
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We did the adventure tour, 3 hours of splunking through the cave in a 4 person group with guide. Amazing, very memorable! We got very muddy but that's what happens when you belly crawl through tight spaces 200 ft below ground. For reference, on most...More

Thank T A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nothing against the nice people that work there, but having toured other caverns this was really disappointing and over priced. For $17 per adult (over 12) you go into a room for 5 min to hear about the cavern's discovery. Then, you head down very...More

Thank Karley S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a wonderful experience , guide was very good. The sights & sounds in a cavern are to be experienced. Very warm had on a sweatshirt and not needed . First time underground and beautiful..

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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Our family visited on our way to Yosemite and we had the best time!! We all did the zip line and then the Adventure Trip in Moaning Cavern. I’m afraid of heights so both things were out of my comfort zone. Lots of stairs on...More

Thank Dragonfly
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Reviewed 9 January 2018

The cavern is beautiful. If you have time & are more adventurous than me, book ahead and do the adventure visit. The guides were exceptionally knowledgeable & engaged, so I imagine the more hands on experience would have been amazing. Thoroughly loved or visit, loved...More

Thank LouiseNE
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Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

I took my troop of ninth grade Girl Scouts here yesterday and we all had a great time. They loved it and would definitely come back. It was the first time caving for most of them so we did the basic tour. A couple were...More

Thank ThatNatureFamily
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Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

I decided I wanted to do something different for my birthday. We went to moaning caverns because I had heard about friends doing the zip lines there. It is free for your birthday (but you must go the day of). They offer twin zip lines,...More

Thank L4431COlisap
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Reviewed 4 November 2017

Absolutely enormous cave! Our guide was Cora and she was very professional. There's only one cave on the regular tour but what a cave - its absolutely huge w lots of different features. You go down a long, long spiral staircase made from bits of...More

Thank Martin P
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Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

This was our first time visiting Moaning Cavern,it is about 30 Min. Drive from Mariposa.It is a very large/Deep chamber. We took the 45 minute “Cavern Walk Tour".The start of the tour,is descending down a few very narrow passages(hardest part ) then continue with a...More

Thank Ghaith391
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Reviewed 10 October 2017

Highly recommend a visit... well worth the money for the cavern tour and the zip line. The cavern tour was very interesting and educational thanks to the knowledge of the tour guide... she was excellent and humorous. the Zip line was a thrilling ride and...More

Thank John W
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Response from Margaret S | Reviewed this property |
I did not see a height or weight or age limit but I think that there ought to be an advisory notice that it is not suitable for people who struggle with mildly stressful exercise. I had a similar issue some years ago at... More
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