California Caverns, Cave City
Black Chasm Cavern near Volcano
Mercer Caverns near Murphys
Moaning Caverns, Vallecito
Call 866-762-2837 to make reservations with Sierra Nevada Recreation Corp. or see: caverntours.com
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK:
Crystal Cave Sequoia National Park $16 approx.
The Cave is 50 degrees inside. A jacket is recommended.
Tickets can only be purchased at the Foothills or Lodgepole Visitor Center. explorecrystalcave.com
Shasta Caverns, Lakehead. Getting to the cavern requires a boat ride, then a bus ride for entry. It's included in 1 price, approx. $25. lakeshastacaverns.com, 1-800-795-2283
Mitchell Caverns at Providence Mountains State Recreation may be closed. Check for details before going, parks.ca.gov for current status
How do you rank on the adventure scale? Are you are willing to squeeze through a "womb" made of rock, climb through tight holes in the earth and wade through goo that's knee deep? Many have backed down or completely freaked out when put to the claustrophobia test at California Cavern, a state historic landmark where tours began in 1850.
Navigating the Womb Room!
Concessionaire Sierra Nevada Recreation Corp. leads trips through three caves and an underground gold mine, providing exciting adventures in the Sierra Nevada foothills not far from Calaveras Big Trees. But before you go, there's something you should know: Are your afraid of enclosed spaces, climbing down stairs and back up again, and having to bend in tight quarters not high enough for standing upright? Also, are you overweight, out of shape, wheelchair bound or afraid of being trapped? If so, don't go!
The tours of Black Chasm Cavern, California Cavern, Gold Cliff Mine and Moaning Cavern aren't designed to be scary but they could turn out that way if you're claustrophobic–and that's just on the mild-mannered walking tours! Adventuresome types can up the ante by taking Mammoth Cave Expedition and Middle Earth Expedition where cavers must negotiate the Womb Room.
Shown in the photo is Middle Earth Expedition, which involves: