California Cavern

9565 Cave City Rd.
Mountain Ranch, CA 95246- Map It
Phone: (209) 736-2708

AAA Editor Notes

California Cavern is e. on Mountain Ranch Rd., then about 2.8 mi. s.e. on Michel and Cave City rds., following signs. Chambers and passageways contain glittering formations ranging from fragile soda straws on the ceiling to colossal stalagmites rising from the floor. A 60- to 80-minute guided walking tour, which includes a nature trail hike to and from the cavern, provides information about the history and geology of the cavern. Depending on water levels in the cavern, the trip includes a visit to the Jungle Room, named for the crystalline vines that cover its ceiling. For the more adventurous, two more physically demanding spelunking trips are available by reservation. Gemstone mining and gold panning also are offered. Picnicking is permitted.
Walking tour $17.50; $9.50 (ages 3-12).
Hours: Walking tour departs (weather permitting) daily on the hour 10-5, Memorial Day-Labor Day; hours vary rest of the year. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.