The Caves of California
$20 for parking and $14.95 for adult tour (45 minutes) with tours given from May through mid-November. It includes stalactites, helictites, shield formations and ends with trickling stream. The cave is about 55 degrees and the tour is like 45 minutes. It’s a nice detour if you’re in the area.
Boyden Cavern 74101 E. Kings Canyon Road, Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93633 USA
Moaning Cavern is the biggest cave on the West Coast and is big enough to hold the statue of liberty. This has everything from guided hiking tours, to spelunking and rappelling tours. This is the home to some of the oldest bones in North America/ probably the world. This also is a compound that offers other features obviously for other costs such as their zip line.
Moaning Cavern Adventure Park, Moaning Cave Road, Vallecito, CA
Lava Beds National Monument has the largest concentration of lava tube caves in North America. Lava Beds National Monument is an area that is pock-marked with cinder cones, flooded with ancient lava flows and the park includes Petroglyph Point, one of the largest panels of Native American rock art in the United States. Roughly ninety percent of the lava in the monument is basaltic. Lavacicles on the ceiling of a lava tube were left, Dripstone was created when lava splashed on the inside walls of the tubes. Lava Beds National Monument is located near Tulelake, CA.
Lava Beds National Monument
Lava Beds National Monument is a land of turmoil, both geological and historical. Over the last half-million years, volcanic eruptions on the Medicine Lake shield volcano have created a rugged landscape dotted with diverse volcanic features. There are countless caves in this area that you should check out. Go to the tour guide to see which routes will work best for you.
Lava Beds National Monument, Visitor Center Trail, Tulelake, CA 96134
Mojave Desert Lava Tube
It’s a 50 foot long cave that is shaped and formed by lava flows millennia ago. While the cave does offer a good amount of height and width, it is only about 50 feet long. The road to get there is about 4.9 miles off a dirt road that is sandy.
90942 Kelso Cima Rd, Kelso, CA 92309, United States
It’s tough to explore this on your own cuz the only way out to it is on a boat, Then up a bus on a steep slope. It’s made of exclusively of limestone and essentially every type of formation including stalagmites, soda straws, columns, and flowstone. Cost is $26 for people 16 or older, and $15 for years or younger.
20359 Shasta Caverns Rd, Lakehead, CA 96051
Black Chasm Cavern
It’s 4,000 feet long and made of marble. $14.95 for a 50 minute guided tour ($4.95 for kids) covering over 3 chambers of the cave. There is even a lake that’s hundreds of feet long. Additionally, there’s a self-guided Zen garden walk so Cumbayah!
15701 Pioneer Volcano Road, Volcano, CA 95689, USA
Crystal Cave has impressively large rooms, stalactites and curtains, and ornate marble polished naturally by a subterranean stream. Crystal Cave is located off the Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park.
Cave of Munit’s
The cave is a good way to beat the heat after the hike or after your done climbing. The rock offers plenty of grip as well as plenty of hand hold’s for climbing. It’s roughly a 1.3 mile hike each way, but there are other routes that can be taken to take in all the views. This is fun if you do some climbing as well while you’re over here.