Caves and Mines
Lake Shasta Caverns Redding
Where is it at?
Lake Shasta Caverns
20359 Shasta Caverns Road
Where are we going today?
Who said anything about adventures needing to stay ABOVE ground! In California, there is a hidden wonder called Lake Shasta Caverns which can be found underneath the earth - just waiting to be explored!
This national natural landmark is a geologic adventure for the entire family. Guided yours can take you around the caverns, and the lake, in all of their glory. Keep an eye out for the local animals that you might spot along the way - like the mountain lions, black bears, and even the grand bald eagles!
Want to know something really cool about the Lake Shasta Caverns? They actually originated around 250 MILLION years ago, back when the earth's crust was folding. Ever wonder how the Klamath Mountains were created? That's how!
The actual caverns were part of life for the local Wintu Indians. Then, in the 1870s, a small town and fish hatchery were build on the river, and an employee officially found these incredible formations.
Lucky he did - otherwise your family day out might be very different!
When you are in the caverns, there is so much to see - you will see how incredible Mother Nature can really be! From tiny cave corals, to magnificent cave drapery, and gravity defying helicities - make sure you look all around you as you make your way through!
So why not enjoy a family day out with a difference, and head underground for your next adventure. You'll never believe what you will find there!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$26 (2 hr tour, boat and bus)
- Children$15 (Ages 3 to 15)
When can we go?
Tours daily. Arrange a time when you book
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days
You can reserve tours for groups of 20 or more, so why not bring students for an educational day out in nature!.
You can bring a picnic, which is best left in the car until after your adventure. There are picnic areas for you! They also have a snack bar with hot dogs, pizzas, ice creams and nachos!.
It's a good idea to bring a bottle of water. If you want to bring food, bring healthy bars or snacks that you can put in your bag. Note that backpacks are banned for safety.
Any Top Tips?
Arrive 30 minutes before your preferred tour time. .
Need a little extra help?
There are over 600 stairs in the caverns, so you will need to be able to take these on. The gift shop and picnic area is accessible.
Can I get one of those?
There is a gift shop where you can pick up fun items and souvenirs of the caverns!.
They offer FREE parking! They also have a lot for RVs and trailers.
What people are saying?
by Mark Lakata
Good cave, nice formations, fun trek across the lake. A bit expensive. Doesn't compare to caves like Carlsbad, but comparable to Oregon Caves but a lot shorter tour.
If you have mobility issues, the walk can be difficult, but for a normal person it's nothing to be concerned about. Don't need a jacket as it is a pleasant 70° inside and 102° outside.
by Rachel Stone
If you have any problems with balance, endurance and/or taking up to 276 steps quickly in one go exiting the cave after having just climbed well over 200 inside the cave in addition to traversing a third of a mile of steep shore line both ways, this tour is not for you. It would have been nice if the kind people selling the pricey tickets had mentioned any of that or if they had posted a warning sign bigger than an index card. I have two bad knees and wasn't amused. I was also really concerned for an older man who I thought might have a heart...Read More
by Pallab Mondal
Loved this place. You would be surprised by the natural beauty of this place.
by Jatin Lodhia
The caves are good but not something extraordinary. The tour takes u on a boat to the cave site and then there is a bus that takes u to the top of a hill where the caves are situated. The view from the top is great and makes the trip worthwhile. Make sure to sit on the right side window seat. You will be in for a present surprise.
by Scott Dixon
The caves were pretty, but the tour was pretty bland for $24 per person! I'm sorry, I would not recommend this to my friends.
by Rachel Stone
If you have any problems with balance, endurance and/or taking up to 276 steps quickly in one go exiting the cave after having just climbed well over 200 inside the cave in addition to traversing a third of a mile of steep shore line both ways, this tour is not for you. It would have been nice if the kind people selling the pricey tickets had mentioned any of that or if they had posted a warning sign bigger than an index card. I have two bad knees and wasn't amused. I was also really concerned for an older man who I thought might have a heart attack at any moment..not that the teen-aged guide would have noticed.
If you've never seen cave formations and this is your only option, go ahead. But in my opinion, if you want to see something spectacular and much more accessible, save your money and go to Carlsbad, NM.