Closed for the 2017 winter season. We hope to re-open by the end of February, but check back for updates, or call us at 209-736-2708 for the possibility of an earlier opening in 2018.
At California Cavern, we offer two cave walking tours depending on the time of year. During the summer and fall, or dry season, the Trail of Lights tour, about 60 to 80 minutes long, is available and is suitable for most families. For guidelines, please see “Facts at a Glance”.
During the winter and spring, or the wet season, the Trail of Lakes tour, about 45 to 60 minutes long, is available and is also suitable for most families. For guidelines, please see “Facts at a Glance”. The Trail of Lakes tour is very similar to the Trail of Lights tour with the exception of pools of water that form throughout the cavern when the water table rises. Depending on the water levels in the cave, a few rooms may not be accessible on the Trail of Lakes tour. But in trade, you enjoy the mirror effect of the water reflecting the crystalline formations along the trail.
Both cave walking tours meander over nearly level, well lighted passages and walkways. There are approximately 60 steps throughout this tour. Experienced, professional guides lead groups into the “Jungle Room,” named for the array of crystalline “vines” covering the ceiling, many of them several feet long. Groups learn about the rich history of the cavern and the surrounding countryside, and cavern formation and geology. For safety reasons, we do not allow children to be carried in backpacks on this tour. Front packs are allowed, but are not recommended.
Scroll down to view the “facts at a glance” and the photo gallery of the California Cavern Walking Tour.
|Facts at a Glance:|
|Availability||Daily tours late spring, summer, fall and early winter. Click here for operational hours.|
|Length of Trip||60 to 80 minutes|
|Underground Temperature||55°F year round|
|Group Size||Up to 25 people|
|Minimum age and size||We recommend all visitors be in good health and have good mobility. For safety reasons, we do not allow children to be carried in backpacks on this tour. Front packs are allowed, but are not recommended. We have no size requirements.|
|Reservations||Reservations necessary for GROUPS ONLY: call toll free any day of the week: 866-762-2837|