Did you know that Boyden Cavern, located within Kings Canyon at the Sequoia National Monument, is actually one of the great show caves in the country? It just happens to be one of the lesser explored, which means that you really will be experiencing something very special!
Boyden Cavern is a great example of most types of underground formations. The cavern lies beneath a HUGE 2,000 foot marble wall within the famous Kings Gates. The cavern itself is just magnificent, and will amaze kids as they walk around and see natural formations that are millions of years old!
Kids - do you know what speleothems are? It's certainly a word that you will know by the time you finish the tour! Boyden Cavern has many varieties of natural speleothems, which include some rare "shield" formations.
The best way to see the cavern is the popular 45 minute walking tour. This is suitable for the whole family, not matter what age. Kids, senior citizens...everyone!
The tour will start with a steep five-minute walk into the cavern entrance, and from there you will travel deep within. Sounds exciting, are you getting excited!?
The cavern itself is always a constant 53F, so you know what to expect. Don't worry that it's a cavern - you won't be in the dark! The tour path is well lit, and there is a handrail too should you need it.
Learning is always on the cards, with guide points that let you know the many formations to look at. No need to book - just turn up and join one of the tours that leave on the hour, every hour!
Don't forget to look up in the Pancake Room - there are some pretty impressive stalactites there!
They also now offer rappelling and canyoneering tours for more adventurous families, not necessarily older as no limits are posted.