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DragonflyTV films at California Cavern

PBS kids science show DragonflyTV was shot at California Cavern and played nationwide in 2004. To see a slideshow of the stars and the filming, click HERE. Click on the link below to see part of the episode.

Moaning Cavern photoInternationally renowned cave photographer, Dave Bunnell does a photo shoot inside Moaning Cavern, covered by  Sierra Mountain Times reporter, Thomas Atkins in an article entitled: "A Light in the Darkness: Local Cave Photographer Exposes the Wonders of the Underworld." Click on the photo to see the entire shot.
Rammy Beilstein interviewTammy Beilstein host of local cable show "What's She Up To Now?" takes her whole family out to Moaning Cavern Park to zip. Interviews are with Duane Harnes, zip lines manager and Stephen Fairchild, president of Sierra Nevada Recreation.
Eye On the BayCBS' Eye On the Bay takes an RV road trip through California's Gold Country. In this episode, host Brian Hackney visits Black Chasm Cavern where  he gets a tour by our lovely Carol.
100Miles ShowTravis Ross and the girls cover the Zip Lines at Moaning Cavern Park for their online show 100Miles in another episiode of the Central California travel show that takes you along for the ride!
100Miles ShowTravis Ross and "the girls" take the Adventure Trip at Moaning Cavern for their online show: 100Miles, the Central California travel show that takes you along for the ride!
Disney's Family Fun magazine covers Cool Caves destinations in its September issue, and California Cavern is first on the list which includes other notable caves: Carlsbad Caverns National park in New Mexico and Mammoth Cave in Kentucky.
In an article entitled Beat L.A.'s Heat by Going to These Cool Places, the LA Times recommends Moaning Cavern among other global destinations including: Icehotel, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden;  Finnish Sauna Society, Helsinki, Finland and Gelateria del Teatro, Rome.
Middle Earth ExpeditionSacramento Bee photojournalist Florence Low joins our most challenging cave expedition, The Middle Earth Expedition at California Cavern, in her article: Challenging Journey into Middle Earth. The photo at left is by Florence Low. Check out more photos of her trip in the photo blog section of the Sacramento Bee. This same article was also picked up by the Reno Gazette Journal.
Sac Bee Zip PhotoThe Sacramento Bee's travel editor, Janet Fullwood waxes lyrical on Calaveras County in her article: "Head Over to Murphys and Let the Enjoyment Begin." Fullwood includes information on Moaning Cavern Walk Tours, Rappelling, Adventure Trips and Zip Lines. Check out the excellent zip line photo taken by Sac Bee staff photographer: Florence Low. Click on "previous page" to read the beginning of the article.
Innovations in Tourism Award photoSNRC's president, Stephen Fairchild is awarded the Innovations in Tourism Award from the Calaveras Visitors Bureau, and receives recognition from Senator Dave Cox's office for his contributions to business in the region. Here is a link to the article in the local paper: the Calaveras Enterprise. Photo at left, courtesy the Calaveras Enterprise.
Tom Stienstra of the San Francisco Chronicle rates Moaning Cavern, California Cavern and Black Chasm Cavern as 3 of the 5 best caves in the state. In his article entitled "Finding your way in the dark, Cool climes await in state's best caverns," Stienstra says: "Even when much of California looks like nuclear winter and feels like a hellhole, there are ways to find your own private escape."
The Modesto Bee's teen reporter, Vanessa Etheridge recommends the rappel at Moaning Cavern among other summertime activities in her article: "Summer is a great time to try something on the wilder side."
USA TodayUSA Today's Laura Bly compares and contrasts Zip Line and Canopy tours in the US including the Twin Zip Lines at Moaning Cavern, in her article titled: The Zany Joy of Ziplining Catches hold in the USA. See a variety of zip line and canopy tour photos accompanying the article including one of the tandem zip at Moaning Cavern.
Lisa GonzalesGood Day Sacramento's intrepid reporter, Lisa Gonzales conquered her initial trepidation and broadcast live from Moaning Cavern's Zip Lines. Here's her first live clip from CBS13 CW31. On her second zip, Lisa races her camera man, David Grasshoff, at what "feels like 90 miles per hour!"
Kristy Wirthlin's San Francisco Chronicle article: "Amador County: Underground wonders add new layer to Gold Rush history" features Sutter Gold Mine and Black Chasm Cavern, and one of Sutter Gold Mine's wonderful guides: Charlie Chatfield. Read the entire article to also learn some fascinating facts
Travel & Leisure Golf's March 2008 issue focuses on golf in the Gold Country. Included is a nice little write up about the Adventure Trip at Gold Cliff Mine and lots of other gems including places to stay and places to eat in the area.
April's issue of Sunset magazine includes an article entitled: The Best Town in Gold Country, about Sutter Creek. Sutter Gold Mine tours is recommended for kids "who get to wear hard hats, ride deep into the Earth, and experience creepy total darkness when the tour guide turns out the lights."
As part of a new TV series called Reel in the Making, host Jasen Wade Nielsen visits Moaning Cavern and reports on his first hand experiences racing along the new zip lines, rappelling and squeezing through tight spaces on the Adventure Trip. This copy of the show is on Youtube.
The Modesto Bee runs an article on Moaning Cavern's Adventure Trip by LA Times writer Hugo Martin.
As part of CBS' Off the Beaten Path series, John Iander of CBS13 news in Sacramento, visits Moaning Cavern to cover the climate change research being conducted by UC Davis student Jessica Oster, using the climate record contained in ancient cave formations.
John Iander of CBS13 news in Sacramento, visits Moaning Cavern to cover the zip lines as part of a series called: One Tank Trips, describing events and attractions that are less than one tank of gas' drive from Sacramento.
LA Times Moaning Cavern adventure trip photoThe LA Times Travel section features a story by Hugo Martin on Moaning Cavern's Adventure Trip complete with several very nice photos. The article also makes it into the Seattle Times, and the Modesto Bee.
The Gold Cliff Mine Adventure Trip is explored in the Calaveras Enterprise. Watch a video of reporter Bethany Monk's tour with manager Eli Fairchild.
LA Times zip line photoHugo Martin of the LA Times writes a story about Moaning Cavern's twin zip lines in his article subtitled:"Flying 40 mph over the treetops is part thrill, part terror."
ABC Channel 10 Jonathan MummThe ABC channel 10 news series hosted by Jonathan Mumm, and called California Postcard features Moaning Cavern's new zip lines. "CALIFORNIA POSTCARD" is a weekly look at the people, places and things across California that make it the unique state it is.  Part travelogue, part character profile, the stories are sometimes adventurous, sometimes humorous and sometimes heartwarming -- often with practical suggestions of places to go and things to do on your weekends, holidays or vacation time.
Moaning Cavern hosts October's Celebrate Calaveras event put on by the Calaveras Visitors Bureau. Local business people receive free zip line racing in a 2-1/2 hour, catered event, designed to introduce locals to their county attractions at a different location each month.
Calaveras Visitors Bureau hosts the Outdoor Writers Association of California's Fall Conference. Underground Adventures provides free zip lining, rappelling and walk tours at Moaning Cavern, walk tours at California Cavern and Adventure Trips at Gold Cliff Mine, as a part of the 3-day program.
Mary YoungbloodMary Youngblood flute concert inside Moaning Cavern features in Calaveras Enterprise Lodstar magazine article.
Stockton Record Rappel photoMoaning Cavern's thrilling 165-foot rope Rappel, 3-hour Adventure Trip and 1/4 mile long twin Zip Lines feature in Stockton Record article entitled: Tiny Foothills Town Offers Thrills on Cavern Tours.
San Francisco Chronicle rappel photoMoaning Cavern's 3-hour Adventure Trip features in a San Francisco Chronicle article by Tom Stienstra.
zip line photo90-year-old daredevil, Barbara Homonnay's zip on Moaning Cavern's new twin zip lines makes the news. Check out the coverage in the following links: the San Francisco Chronicle,,,, and the Calaveras Enterprise in which intrepid reporter, Mike Taylor ventures out to do the zip line himself!
zipline photoMoaning Cavern launches an incredible new above ground activity: the Twin Zip Lines. Visit the zip lines page to learn all about this new high adrenaline activity, to see more photos and some thrilling video!
Calaveras Visitors Buraeu annual dinnerThe Calaveras Visitors Bureau holds its annual dinner at the Pickle Patch in San Andreas. Lisa Boulton makes her inaugural speech as president of the board. View a video of her speech, and Jan Hovey presenting Stephen Kautz of Ironstone Vineyards with the county's 2nd annual Innovations in Tourism Award.
San Francico Chronicle rappel photoThe San Francisco Chronicle's travel writer, Bill Fink, visits Sutter Gold Mine, California Cavern and Moaning Cavern.

Read the San Francisco Chronicle article.
Bay Area Backroads Sutter Gold Mine Doug McConnell launches his Open Road website featuring the Bay Area Backroads series. Check out the Amador's Gold Country Nuggets show to see highlights of the Sutter Gold Mine tour with manager Chris Boitano. The site also includes a story with pictures on California Cavern's Mammoth Cave Expedition, and Moaning Cavern's Adventure Trip.
KVML, KKBN and Star 92.7 FM, Calaveras radio show Underground Adventures' marketing director Lisa Boulton, and Calaveras Visitors Bureau's executive director, Lisa Reynolds, record the first of a series of radio shows airing on KVML, KKBN and STAR92.7. The news show, called "What's Happening in Calaveras" features information on all the fun activities occuring in Calaveras County, with guests involved in the business, tourism and hospitality industries. The show airs on the first Sunday of each month.

Tune in locally at 9:00 am on 1450 AM KVML, 9:30 am on Star 92.7 FM KZSQ, 10:30 am on 93.5 FM KKBN.
Brian Hickey KCRA news Gold Cliff Mine photoBrian Hickey from KCRA news takes the Gold Cliff Mine Adventure Trip as part of the new series "Weekend Advenures." His experiences with tour manager Eli Fairchild can be seen on KCRA's May 4th newscast.
Local Amador County residents vote Sutter Gold Mine and Black Chasm Cavern as best tours in Amador County for the second year in a row. Vote initiated by the Amador Ledger Dispatch, the local newspaper.
California Cavern hosts the first in a series of Celebrate Calaveras events, put on by the Calaveras Visitors Bureau. Local business people are given a talk on the history of Cave City by John Fairchild, followed by a guided tour into the cave. The events are intended to give locals a comprehensive overview of all that Calaveras has to offer its visitors. More information can be obtained from the Calaveras Visitors Bureau.
Adventurous Union Democrat reporter Katy Brandenburg experiences our Gold Cliff Mine Adventure Trip and writes about it in an April 2007 full page article. Read Union Democrat article.
Fox 40 Moaning Cavern Adventure TripFox40's news reporter, Louisa Hodge, suits up ready for her Adventure Trip at Moaning Cavern, for a new local Outdoor Adventure segment airing once a week on Tuesday evenings beginning February 6th. Once the series begins airing, information will probably be found at this link:
San Francisco Chronicle UC Davis climate studyUnderground Adventures assists UC Davis student, Jessica Oster, in global climate change research by sacrificing one speleothem. Photo at left shows president of Sierra Nevda Recreation, Stephen Fairchild, removing an ancient stalagmite from Black Chasm Cavern. Click HERE to read our full article. Read the January 2007 San Francisco Chronicle front page article.
Sutter Gold Mine and Moaning Cavern make Sacramento Magazine's "A List: 50 Fun Things You Must Do in the Sacramento Area." Read the January 2007 Sacramento Magazine article.
In her "Beat the Heat" article, travel writer for the Sacramento Bee, Janet Fullwood includes information on Black Chasm Cavern, California Cavern and Moaning Cavern.
Sierra Nevada Recreation Corporation's president, Stephen Fairchild, is featured in the 2006 book: Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur's Soul.
In 2006, a crew for a fast-paced scientific cavern formation film gets footage at Black Chasm Cavern, California Cavern and Moaning Cavern. The film is still in production and is intended for college and university geology student instruction. Go to the "Inner Earth" website.
Black Chasm Cavern's lake is shot for part of a prestigious TV production to be aired on the Discovery Channel in spring 2007. We cannot yet make more details public. The photo at left, taken by award winning cave photographer, Dave Bunnell, shows the cameraman obtaining an underwater to above water shot.
New York Times Sutter Gold Mine storySutter Gold Mine and Black Chasm Cavern are featured in the October 2006 New York Times "Escape" series in a story on Sutter Creek. The photo at left by New York Times photographer Peter DaSilva shows a group of school children learning about gold mining deep underground in Sutter Gold Mine's safety chamber. Read New York Times article and see slideshow.
Frommers, the travel experts for 50 years, calls Sutter Gold Mine Tours "one of the most entertaining and educational attractions in the Gold Country." Read the Frommers 2006 article.
Bay Area Backroads Moaning Cavern Adventure TripMoaning Cavern's Adventure Trip and Sutter Gold Mine's Family Tour feature in 2006 Gold Country episodes of Bay Area Backroads. Photo at left shows Patrick McConnell rappelling into Moaning Cavern's main chamber. Slideshow of photos taken during filming. Go to the Bay Area Backroads website.
Alameda Newspaper Group's Travel Section features a story on Calaveras County caves in a 2006 article. Writer Jay Solmonson writes of his visits to Moaning Cavern, California Cavern and Black Chasm Cavern. Read the Alameda Newspaper Group article.
Sierra Nevada Recreation's marketing director, Lisa Boulton, joins Travel Talk Radio's Sandy Dhuyvetter on the Delta King Riverboat in Sacramento for a show on local tourism. Go to Travel Talk Radio's website. Click on the link under "Segment 9" to hear the June 2006 interview.
The LA Times' Martin Miller describes his Moaning Cavern tour as the highlight of his Gold Country trip in a May 2006 article. Read the LA Times article, which was also published in the Modesto Bee.
Univision Sutter Gold Mine coverageSutter Gold Mine features in a 2006 Univision Spanish language travel show. Photo at left shows manager, Chris Boitano, driving host and cameraman in a Boss Buggy Shuttle to the gold mine entrance.
CBS Eye on the Bay Moaning Cavern coverageMoaning Cavern features in a 2006 CBS travel show called Eye on the Bay. Photo at left shows manager, Bruce Brand talking to show host Liam Mayclem. Go to the CBS website for the show and to see a quicktime movie of the coverage.
In June 2006, Black Chasm Cavern features in an Amador County episode of The Great Outdoors with Tom Stienstra. This show excerpt features manager, Shaundy Francek being interviewed on the walk tour. The show airs on UPN Bay Area, channel 44, KOVR Sacramento and KMAX.
Reno's KOLO TV includes Sutter Gold Mine as one of their mystery spots in their series "Oh the Places You Go" in 2006. Click HERE to go to KOLO's website. Scroll down the page and click the "Nov 10th Place" link to view the video.

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