Moaning Cavern Park
California's largest public cave chamber
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Season and Hours


Winter Season

Sept. 7, 2013 - May 1, 2014

OPEN DAILY.

Tours: 10am to 4pm  

Zip Line: 10am to 4pm 
(last tickets sold at 3:45pm)

All times subject to change.  Call 866-762-2837 to confirm.

Summer Season 

May 2, 2014 - September 7, 2014: 

OPEN DAILY, 9am to 6pm.


First tour at 9:15am, last tour and zip at 6pm.

All times subject to change.  Call 866-762-2837 to confirm.


Map and Directions

To find Moaning Cavern, click on the map below.





Above Ground Activities and Amenities

Gemstone mining
Gold Panning
Geode cracking
Nature trail
Picnic tables
Gift Shop
Restrooms




Click HERE to see a map of the Adventure Trip crawl.


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Moaning Cavern Park

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Moaning Cavern Adventure Park - New Winter Season Operational Hours! 
All activities available EVERY DAY, YEAR ROUND.
walk tour rappel adventure trip zip lines climbing tower  

Moaning Cavern holds the largest vertical chamber in a public cavern that you can see in California. In fact, it's so big, it could hold the entire Statue of Liberty!

We offer guided Walk Tours, which are suitable for the entire family, 165-foot rope Rappels into the cave, which are the most thrilling way to see the main gift certificateschamber, and challenging 3-hour caving Adventure Trips beginning with the optional rappel. Experience Moaning Cavern's thrilling new above ground activity... the ZIP LINE! Click HERE to see videos of the zip lines in action! Also, now available, our custom built 32-ft tall Climbing Tower has easy to hard climbing routes and is suitable for the entire family! We also have special events, including Mary Youngblood's annual pilgrimage to Moaning Cavern for her flute concert, and our annual Carolling in the Cave concert which concludes with Santa Rappelling into the cave and distributing gifts. More information on our concert series is available on our Concerts in the Cave page.

Scroll down the page to learn more about each activity. Click HERE to learn about the twin zip lines.

If you are visiting from out of town, please click HERE to go to Moaning Cavern's links page giving you detailed information on the local area - things to do, places to stay and more to see and enjoy.

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walk tourThe 45-minute Cavern Walk Tour

This popular 45-minute tour into the cave is suitable for the whole family. Professionally guided, the tour descends through well-lighted marble passages into the magnificent natural wonder. Descending down 234 stairs to a depth of 165 feet below the ground, the tour ends on the spot were scientific excavations revealed the bones of prehistoric people who had fallen into the cavern thousands of years ago. Guides explain the history and geology of the cavern, and discuss the explorations that have traced the cavern to its current depth of 410 feet. For safety reasons, we do not allow children to be carried in backpacks on this tour. Small babies in front packs/slings are okay. Please note: caves are naturally muddy and humid - please dress appropriately.

free birthdaysFACTS AT A GLANCE: Walk Tour
FREE birthday activity eligible. What's this?

Adventure Scale: 1.5 adventure scale 1.5
Availability Daily, year round
Regular cost per person
$14.95 adult, $7.95 child (ages 3 - 12)
Length of trip 45 minutes
Group size Up to 40 people
Underground temperature 61°F year round
Making reservations Reservations necessary for GROUPS ONLY: call toll free any day of the week: 866-762-2837. Group discounts available.

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rappel
The 165-foot Rope Rappel

Descend by rope 165 feet into the huge main chamber of Moaning Cavern! No experience is necessary, and gloves, hard-hat, and the highest quality rappelling equipment are provided. Adventurous people from all walks of life are thrilled by this unique and exciting opportunity to try something new! Total trip time is approximately 45 minutes.

Participants must be at least 12 years old, and special restrictions apply. There are fiveways a minor child (aged 12 to 17) may rappel at Moaning Cavern:

  1. Their parent or legal guardian is present to evaluate the rappel and sign the waiver.
  2. They bring a signed waiver that has been notarized.
  3. They bring a signed waiver that has been witnessed by another adult who is present at the cavern and can verify the signature.
  4. They bring a notarized letter from a parent or legal guardian authorizing another adult who is present at the cavern to evaluate the rappel and sign the waiver.
  5. They bring a signed letter from a parent or legal guardian which includes a witness signature of another adult who is present at the cavern who can verify their signature, authorizing that adult to evaluate the rappel and sign the waiver.

Open the waiverin html format - this will open a new page in your web browser. To get back to this page, just close the release & waiver of liability form page.

free birthdaysFACTS AT A GLANCE: Rappel
FREE birthday activity eligible. What's this?

Adventure Scale: 4.5
Availability Daily, year round
Minimum age and size 12 years if accompanied by parent. Must be at least 100 lbs.
Regular cost per person
$72
Length of trip Approx. 45 minutes per person
Underground temperature 61°F year round
Equipment provided Hardhat , gloves
Making reservations Reservations necessary for GROUPS ONLY: call toll free any day of the week: 866-762-2837. Group discounts available.

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adventure trip
The 3-hour Adventure Trip

Energetic cave explorers can begin this exciting expedition with the 165-foot rope rappel, followed by one to two hours of exploration through deep chambers and passages. (The trip is also available without the rappel.)

It's an experience I will remember for the rest of my life.Most areas are undeveloped, so there are no lights, stairs, or walkways. Instead, visitors daringly explore by climbing and belly crawling with lighted helmets to show the way. This trip is offered allyearby reservation, and is conducted by experienced, highly trained guides. No experience is necessary. Gloves, hard-hat with light, coveralls fEXPEDITION PREPARATIONrom size 36 adult, and rappelling gear are provided. Participants must be at least 12 years old, and minors must be accompanied by an adult. The same restrictions on the Adventure Trip Crawl Maprappel as listed above apply to an Adventure Trip which includes the rappel.Total trip time is approximately 3 hours. If you are interested in taking this trip, you will need to call 209-736-2708 to make reservations. To see how to prepare for your trip, click HERE for the Expedition Preparation page. 

The Adventure Trip makes an exceptional team building activity.

FACTS AT A GLANCE: Adventure Trip
Adventure Scale: 4 advenure scale 4.0
Minimum age 12 years if accompanied by parent
Regular cost per person with rappel
Per person without rappel
$130
$76
Length of trip with rappel
Length of trip without rappel
3 hours
Approx. 2-1/2 hours
Group size 2 - 8 people
Underground temperature 61°F year round
Equipment provided Hardhat with light, gloves, coveralls
Making reservations Call toll free any day of the week: 866-762-2837. This activity REQUIRES advance reservations.

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climbing tower
The Custom Climbing Tower

Our new, custom designed climbing tower is 32 feet high and includes climbing routes from beginner to challenging. It's suitable and fun for the entire family! The tower can accommodate 10 people at a time, and includes a belay system - just climb and then jump back for a smooth, automatic descent. Participants are geared up in climbing harnesses, then clipped on to the route of their choice. Routes include life-like rock features and overhangs, making it one of the most competitive climbing surfaces available today.

free birthdaysFACTS AT A GLANCE: Climbing Tower
FREE birthday activity eligible. What's this?

Availability Daily
Regular cost
$5 per person
Special combo price $3 per climb when purchased with a rappel
$3 per climb when purchased with a zip
Group size Up to 10 people
Making reservations Reservations necessary for GROUPS ONLY: call toll free any day of the week: 866-762-2837.

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