Caves and Mines
California Caverns Mountain Ranch
Where is it at?
9565 Cave City Road
Tel: 866 762 2837
Where are we going today?
Who's ready to go DEEP underground - sounds like a pretty epic family day out to us!
California Caverns were discovered back in the mid 1800's, but they have been quietly forming underneath California for millions of years!
Be mindful that it is underground and can be dark in places, but kids might get a kick out of strapping on that headlight and exploring the twists and turns under the wonderful formations - just as they did over 150 years ago.
There are 5 tours to choose from so you can pick the one that you feel the most comfortable with.
Some tours are dry season only, and some are wet season only, and last anywhere from an hour to even 4!
The tours have varying degrees of difficulty too, and are marked so you will know which one you will be joining.
The Trail Of Lights Walk Tour is perfectly suited for the whole family, and only available during the wet season (this way you get to see all the pools of water shining through the caverns as the water levels rise!)
Taking about 60 - 80 minutes, you will meander over well lit passages and walkways, with about 60 steps to take on.
For those 8 and older there is a slightly more advanced cave tour - the Mammoth Cave Expedition which involves some walking, crawling and wiggling - sounds fun! This is perfect for those kids who really love to explore and want something more than just a walking trip. This takes about 2 - 3 hours, and group sizes are 9 people so you will be sure to get the most out of it!
Want something REALLY challenging!? The Middle Earth Expedition is for those adventurers over 16 years, and takes you up to 4 hours through 80% of the cavern system! It's about a mile long so get that energy up before you head off! Crawling and squeezing will also be required, but what a pretty awesome way to spend a few hours!
The adventure doesn't end when you get back into the sun again. There is also gemstone mining, gold panning and geocode tracking so you can really make a full day of it!
Even Mark Twain visited the caverns, so what better way to teach your kids about adventure, geology, natural wonders AND literature! (Why not!)
How much does it cost?
- AdultsFrom $14.95
- ChildrenFrom $7.95 (ages 3 - 12)
When can we go?
Winter 10am - 4pm / Summer 10am - 5pm
Winter starts Sept 8th. Summer starts April 1.
They have picnic tables if you wanted to bring your own lunch and enjoy a family picnic, or they have a restaurant where you can grab a bite to eat!.
Any Top Tips?
Don't forget to enjoy all the activities above ground that are available, and really make a day of it! .
Can I get one of those?
There is a gift shop on site if you wanted to take something special home with you to remember your exploration! .
The temperatures in the caves are 55F year round so dress appropriately! .
What people are saying?
by Bhargav s
The caves are amazing. The staff are really nice and the guide was extremely good. We went on the Rappel+ 3 hour adventure tour. It takes 3 hours when you go for all the optional quests which I advise you to take up. Without the optional quests you can be out in an hour.
The guide let us take our time and made sure we didn't tire out and enjoyed the trip completely.
by Emmanuel Rodriguez
i loved it the staff is so helpful and friendly there is no need to be scared the zip lining is loads of fun.
by Desmond Orsinelli
Delightful staff; awesome and big natural cavern; cool spiral staircase. A fantastic way to spend my birthday. The main cavern drops over 160ft straight down from the surface through a small hole at the surface.
Example: 12,000 years ago, a human dropped through the hole and perished when he hit the ground below. The skull of that unfortunate person sits in a display.
by Joel Palmer
Great tour, coming back in summer to try zipline when warmer
by Sophia Paul
I have never been but im going today!!!!!