Sequoia Parks Conservancy has announced the closure of Crystal Cave for the 2023 season due to damage sustained to the road, trail, and visitor facilities at Crystal Cave during the 2021 KNP Complex wildfire and the extreme winter weather this year. Sequoia Parks Conservancy is working closely with the National Park Service to restore access to the public in 2024.
Visiting Crystal Cave
Crystal Cave is an excellent example of a marble cavern. A half-mile loop trail leads through the cave, and there's also a steep half-mile walk to and from the cave parking area to the entrance. Because of fragile formations, the only way to visit the cave is on a guided tour. Tours are suitable for all ages. If you decide to see the cave, plan on spending about half a day traveling to the cave, walking to the entrance, and taking the 50-minute tour.
Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) and American Sign Language Tours Available
Assisted Listening Devices allow visitors with hearing loss to have the tour naturalist’s voice amplified through headphones, or directly into hearing aids with the assistance of a t-coil loop. ALDs are available to every tour group.
Vehicles over 22 feet and those towing trailers are not allowed on the narrow and curving Crystal Cave Road.
More Information about Park Caves
Visit the Caves/Karst Systems page to learn more about additional caves in these parks, their geology, and the variety of animal life found in some caves. If you are interested in cave management and research, the Managing Park Caves page highlights some of the ways park staff manage caves to protect their fragile formations and cave life, and scientific work that supports these management efforts.