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Three adventures in one. Explore nature's underground magic, thousands of years in the making
Boat ride, bus ride and one of California’s most beautiful caverns await you and your family!
A visit to Lake Shasta Caverns is far more than just an exciting exploration of nature's underground magic, thousands of years in the making. It begins with a colorful catamaran cruise across the lake, a 15 minute sail on Shasta's sky blue waters, surrounded by majestic mountain beauty. A ten minute scenic bus ride, on one of Lake Shasta Cavern's new busses, will take you 800 feet above the lake surface to the cavern entrance. By all means bring your camera. Opportunities are unequaled for colorful and unusual photographs you will always highly prize. Until 1964, Lake Shasta Caverns were seen each year by only a handful of hardy "spelunkers" who inched their way through steep, restricted natural fissures to view its startling formations. Then a tunnel was driven to enable visitors to enter the series of connected chambers from a lower level. The caverns remain just as nature made them. Only conveniences such as paved walkways and stairs, guardrails and indirect lighting have been added. The humidity level is 95% and the temperature is comfortable 58 degrees constantly.
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Multi-colored fluted columns...magnificent stone draperies in symmetrical folds...stalactite and stalagmite formation studded with brilliant crystals...milky white flowstone deposits in miniature waterfalls and other unusual and graceful forms. It is this complete fairyland of nature's creations in the Caverns which has led geologists to compare its beauty favorable to that of any other limestone and marble cave in the nation. While lore of the Wintu Indian tribe suggests the Caverns have been known since antiquity, the first recorded white explorer was James A. Richardson, a federal fisheries employee. His claim of discovery is still clearly legible on the wall where he wrote it that day - November 3, 1878 with carbide from his miner's lamp.
The staff at Lake Shasta Caverns has been busy researching and developing new programs for the many school groups which visit us each year. Together we have designed tours to suit your class and grade level.
Every cave is beautiful and unique in its own way, but what about the area that surrounds the cave? Here at Lake Shasta Caverns you are given the opportunity to sit back, relax, and enjoy the picturesque scenery that the heart of Northern California has to offer.
In order to reach the Cavern Entrance, we take you on a breathtaking cruise across the McCloud Arm of Shasta Lake, then a scenic bus ride through part of the Grey-Rock Mountain forest where you might catch a glimpse of a Columbian Black Tail Deer, a Ring Tail Cat, or even a Black Bear! You may see Bald Eagles or Osprey soaring, diving to the lake to catch a trout for lunch.
Once you reach the Cavern Entrance, you will be greeted by your friendly tour guide.
After a warm welcome to our Caverns, a brief history of the area is explained. Our tour guide will take you to a stunning underground world full of magnificent surprises around every corner.
Adults 16 and up: $22.00
Children 3 - 15: $ 13.00 Children 2 and under: FREE
For 20 or more, call for reservations and group discounts. Purchase tickets at our gift shop, or call 1-800-795-CAVE for Gift Certificates.
Prices are subject to change without notice. Please contact the company directly to verify current prices.
Lake Shasta Caverns is open ALL YEAR, operating
EVERY DAY except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
9:00am - 4:00pm every 1/2 hour
April, May, & September:
9:00am - 3:00pm every hour
10:00, 12:00, 2:00
The Underground Classroom
The new additions include our very successful Underground Classroom program. This exciting new program will teach your students "hand's on" about geology, including a fossil dig, exploration inside the cave, identification, and more!
Upon request, pre and post trip resources and projects will be available for
teachers. The in-class visit will be tailored to your grade level. Classroom curriculum varies from school to school, therefore when making your reservation, please be prepared to give some background information on what your students know about geology, bats, and what their activity skills are. For more information, or to schedule a school tour for your class, please call Matt at
School Price List & Packaging:
Please call for current school group prices
- 20359 Shasta Caverns Road, Shasta National Forest, Lakehead, CA 96051, USA
- Toll Free (800) 795-2283
- (530) 238-2341
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