Season and Hours
Open Daily. Tours run throughout the day. First tour departs at 10 am, last tour departs at 4 pm.
May 1, 2014 - October 6, 2014
Open Daily. Tours run throughout the day. First tour departs at 10 am, last tour departs at 5 pm.
Times subject to change. Call 866-762-2837 to confirm.
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Above Ground Activities and Amenities
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Black Chasm Cavern was designated a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service in 1976 after being recommended by local members of the National Speleological Society, and as such is considered a "nationally significant natural area.”
Visitors to the cave are enchanted by the beauty of a wide variety of formations including stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and the vast arrays of rare helictite crystals, for which Black Chasm Cavern is justly famous. Above ground, kids love our gemstone mining at our mining flumes right outside the Visitors Center. Everyone is guaranteed to find some real gemstones; the perfect start to a rock collection! Try our new incredibly popular geode cracking too!
Our new 3,000 square foot Visitors Center provides information on Black Chasm Cavern's connection to the Matrix trilogy, and displays props from the movies: huge manufactured stalagmites from the Zion set. In addition, information is displayed on the discovery and mapping of numerous fragile, highly decorated, small chambers in Black Chasm Cavern by a team headed by Dr Hazel Barton who starred in the iMax movie "Journey into Amazing Caves".
The Walk Tour
The 50-minute Landmark Walk Tour follows a series of environmentally friendly platforms, stairs and walkways, designed to give the best views of the cave without compromising the naturally pristine environment. This beautiful tour shows off some world class formations, including vast arrays of rare helictite formations. Currently, the cave tour culminates in a visit to the Landmark Room, the location of the greatest collections of sparkling helictite crystals.
For safety reasons, we do not recommend that babies be carried into the cave in backpacks. Front packs are okay, but be sure to protect the head in low areas.
This cavern tour is suitable for the entire family and makes an excellent school, scout or church field trip.
|FACTS AT A GLANCE: Walk Tour|
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|Adventure Scale: 1
||Daily, year round|
|Regular cost per person
|$14.95 adult, $7.95 child (ages 3 - 12)|
|Length of trip
||Up to 20 people|
||57°F year round|
||Reservations necessary for GROUPS ONLY: call toll free any day of the week: 866-762-2837. Group discounts available.|
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The 3-hour Labyrinth Tour
This is a fun, physically challenging surface tour that explores picturesque rock outcroppings in the beautiful foothill forest surrounding the cavern. This expedition involves hiking, climbing, crawling, sliding and slithering over, under and around mammoth rock sculptures that were created over 100 years ago when gold miners did hydraulic mining, washing away tons of soil exposing the massive rock structures.
Guests will take the nature trail hike and cross the log foot bridge over Sutter Creek to reach the outcroppings. They will then walk through the “Marble Corridor” and “Madrone Alley” to view the incredible tunnels and arches throughout the Labyrinth. Then the fun really begins as they explore the crawlways of “Treasure Cove,” climb up
“Knotty, Knotty,” slide down the “Slidewinder,” and "Oh Chute!,"
slither through the “Mountain Lion Passage," then squeeze through
"The Keyhole" and much more!
Reservations are required in advance by calling 866.762.2837, and minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Download required waiver & release of liability.
|FACTS AT A GLANCE: Labyrinth Tour|
|Adventure Scale: 3.5
||Weather permitting, open June - October.|
|Regular cost per person
|$79 per person|
|Length of trip
||Up to 8 people|
||Ages 8 and up only|
||Reservations necessary. Call toll free any day of the week: 866-762-2837.|
||We supply helmets and safety glasses - to keep moss and dirt out of your eyes. Although we don't provide them, we also recommend knee pads and gloves.|
|Labyrinth Tour Photos: Click on a thumbnail to open up larger in a new window.|
Click on links or images below to see larger versions of the upper and lower maps of Black Chasm Cavern by Hazel Barton, PhD.