Crystal Ice Cave Tours

Visitor below the first icy slope of the cave
A visitor completes the slippery ice slope

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Crystal Ice Cave contains some of the most spectacular ice formations among Lava Beds' many caves. Because of the sensitive nature of this cave's formations and its cold environment, Crystal Ice Cave is open to park visitors only on small ranger-guided tours during the winter months.

Tours of no more than six visitors (ages 12 years and older) are offered every Saturday at 1:00 pm from January through March and last 3+ hours.

This is a strenuous excursion and is recommended for those in very good physical condition. Tour participants must use upper body strength to ascend a sheer, 50-foot long sloped ice floor on a rope, must be able to crawl through a tight hole, and have enough fitness and coordination to negotiate loose, boulder-strewn floors, and icy patches safely. This tour is not appropriate for people with major medical conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, or osteoporosis, or those with a fear of heights or tight places.

For more information and photos showing what to expect during the tour, please click here.

To watch a video of Crystal Ice Cave, please click here.

Required Items to Bring With You (if they have not been in a cave or mine outside of Lava Beds)

  • Helmet with chin straps (bike helmets work well, if you do not have one we will be able to
    provide one)
  • Warm layered clothing (such as long underwear, thick socks, warm durable gloves, and a
    warm hat)
  • Water resistant outer layer suggested in early and late season
  • Sturdy boots with gripping soles and ankle support
  • Kneepads (if you do not have kneepads we are able to provide some)
  • Headlamps (if you do not have one we are able to provide one)

Reservations for these tours can be made up to three weeks in advance and are very competitive.
Go to Recreation.gov for more information or to make tour reservations. There is a $1.50 processing fee per spot reserved for this tour.

 

The tour guide may cancel the tour at any time for health and safety reasons.

 

Tour Date

First day you can

make a reservation

Tour Date

First day you can

make a reservation

January 7, 2017 December 17, 2016 February 18, 2017 January 28, 2017
January 14, 2017 December 24, 2016 February 25, 2017 February 4, 2017
January 21, 2017 December 31, 2016 March 4, 2017 February 11, 2017
January 28, 2017 January 7, 2017 March 11, 2017 February 18, 2017
February 4, 2017 January 14, 2017 March 18, 2017 February 25, 2017
February 11, 2017 January 21, 2017 March 25, 2017 March 4, 2017
 
Ice formations in Crystal Ice Cave
Ice formations in Crystal Ice Cave evoke feelings of awe and wonder.

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Tulelake, CA 96134

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