How much do tickets cost?
The cavern is only seen by guided tour. Tour tickets are as follows:
Adults 13 and up $16
Youth 5-12 $8
Child 4 and under $5
What should I bring on my tour?
You will need to bring yourself, your camera (photos are allowed and encouraged!), and a small bottle of water if needed. It is 55°F (~12.5°C) year-round inside the cave, so you might want to bring a jacket. Wear shoes that you would wear hiking.
What you cannot bring:
Tripods, monopods, walking sticks
Backpacks (including baby carrier backpacks)
Food or drink, gum, candy, etc.
Strollers or other wheeled items (the cavern is not wheelchair accessible)
We recommend leaving these items in your vehicle, but if you forget and have them at the entrance, we have a small box in which you can leave them.
How strenuous is the tour?
The walk up to the cavern is generally the most difficult part. It is a short but very steep walk that takes most people about 5 minutes. Once inside the cave, you will need to duck, stoop, turn sideways, walk on loose rocks, walk up and down stairs and slopes, and navigate slippery areas.
Do I need a flashlight?
On the regular walking tour, the cavern will be lit for you, but you are welcome to bring a flashlight to peer into corners and crevices! Please avoid shining the flashlight into others’ eyes (and instruct your kids to keep it pointed down).
How long is the tour?
Tours last 50 minutes. They depart on the hour, and the walk up to the cave takes about 5-10 minutes. We ask that visitors arrive 15-30 minutes prior to their tour. So, if you plan to take a 12 pm tour, arrive by 11:45. At 12 pm we will send all ticket holders up the path. At about 12:05, your guide will arrive to cover the safety briefing before leading you into the cave. The tour goes back about 750 feet into the cave. You can expect to be reemerging into daylight at about 1 pm. You can walk back down the path at your leisure (it’s a beautiful view of the canyon!).
Can I use flash photography?
Yes! As long as there are no bats present, you can use flash photography. Your guide will let you know if there are any restrictions in place. We also offer private tours which are perfect for people who want to take their time to get the perfect shot, set up external flash or other lights, or use a tripod/monopod.
Are there bats in the cave?
Sometimes! Bats don’t frequent our cave as often because we are bringing tours in. However, there are many other caves in the area that bats use. We occasionally will have bats – if we do, your guide will let you know not to use your flash, and we will pass through that room quickly and quietly. Don’t worry, the bats won’t bother you!
What age is appropriate for the cave tour?
We have had babies up to octogenarians on our tours. The walk up to the cave is very steep, so it can be strenuous for children and the elderly. However, we can let you start walking up the path early so that you can take your time! Babies can be worn in carriers only if they are worn in front. Some babies love the cave – but some have not and have left the tour early. You’re the best judge of whether or not you or someone in your group can take the tour. If you’re not able to complete the tour, just let the guide know you need to exit early and they will make sure that you get to the gate. Then come talk to us in the gift shop about a refund.
Can I buy snacks or drinks at the gift shop? What else do you sell?
Yes! We sell water, soda, and other beverages in the gift shop. You can also buy chips, candy, granola bars, and other snacks. We have a few lunch items as well, but if you want a hot meal your closest option is in Cedar Grove 10 miles away or Grant Grove 19 miles away. We also sell souvenirs like shirts, hats, mugs, shot glasses, and magnets. If there is something you wanted that we didn’t have, let us know!
Can I bring a picnic?
Definitely! We might be biased, but we think our picnic areas is one of the best places to have a meal or take a rest before or after your tour. You’ll have a wonderful view of the canyon and river. Just a warning though, we are next to the Windy Cliffs, which live up to their name! So please be careful with napkins and small items that may blow away so we can avoid littering our beautiful canyon.
Are there restrooms?
We have three primitive pit toilets in our parking area.
Can I still take a tour if it is raining?
Yes! One of the great things about the cave is it’s constant temperature and protection from the elements! If it is raining during your trip, do take your time driving and watch for falling rocks in the road. It rarely rains during the summer season, but if it does we’d ask you to also take extra care on the trail to the cave.
When did the cave reopen?
The cavern and gift shop had been closed to the public since late summer 2015. Operations have been taken over by a new company as of 2019 and we are excited to begin offering tours again. We will reopen on May 15, 2019. We hope to see you in the cave!
You must enter Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park to access our cave. Entrances are located at Grant Grove on HWY 180 and Lodgepole on HWY 198. There is an entrance fee to access the parks:
Vehicle Pass - $35.00
This pass is valid for 1-7 days and includes everyone traveling in a single vehicle for Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks and Hume Lake District of Sequoia National Forest/Giant Sequoia National Monument. You can purchase this pass in advance at www.yourpassnow.com.
Sequoia & Kings Canyon Annual Pass - $60.00
This pass is valid for Sequoia & Kings National Parks and Hume Lake Ranger District of Sequoia National Forest/Giant Sequoia National Monument for one year from the month of purchase. The pass admits all passengers in a private vehicle and is non-transferable. You can purchase this pass in advance at www.yourpassnow.com.
America the Beautiful Annual Park Pass - $80
Passes cover entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges, and standard amenity fees (day-use fees) at national forests and grasslands and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Army Corps of Engineers
In general, one pass covers the fees listed above for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas or up to four adults at sites that charge per person. Children age 15 or under are admitted free. Some passes provide additional benefits, such as a 50-percent discount on camping at some sites for holders of Senior or Access Passes. Always check with individual sites for details.
Park Passes are managed through the National Park Service. This information is provided as a courtesy and you must verify and obtain these passes through NPS.gov