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 while holding on to 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)
Reservations for these tours can be made up to three weeks in advance and are very competitive.
The tour guide may cancel the tour at any time for health and safety reasons.
Last updated: December 15, 2018