Are cameras allowed in the cave?
Yes, we allow point and shoot photography inside the cave. Please be mindful that the tour will be moving through the cave so there is limited time to compose a photo. For this same reason tripods are not allowed in the cave.
Cave photography can be challanging. We recommend you use a high ISO setting on your camera and a slower shutter speed. For some cameras this may be called a "night sky" or "city-night" mode. Due to high humidity, many times a flash will illuminate the water vapor in the air, so if you see this "ghosting" effect, try to limit your use of flash or use a camera where the flash is further from the lens.
Can I take my child into the cave in a stroller?
While your child is welcome, strollers cannot be accommodated due to multiple flights of stairs throughout the tour. We recommend a front style swaddle/sling carrier, carrying your child during the tour or having a family member stay with your child outside of the cave.
Can I bring my purse/camera bag/backpack into the cave?
Small purses and camera bags that fit inside our Size Test Box may be brought into the cave. For larger items or any items you do not want to bring with you on the tour, we are happy to provide complimentary lockers or you may leave your items in your car. Food and drinks must remain on the surface.
When there are school groups, what I be on a tour with them?
No. Public Tours and School Groups are lead as seperate tours within the Cave.
Is the Cave Tour wheelchair accessible?
Unfortunately, no. Crystal Cave is a naturally formed geological wonder and it was formed in such a way that some passages are too narrow for a wheelchair. In addition there are several flights of stairs to enter the cave.
We are traveling with our dogs, what options do you have for dogs?
No pets are not allowed in the cave due to fragile nature of the cave environment, this includes small breed dogs that are typically carried. Our surface activities are dog friendly. Leashed dogs are allowed on our nature trail (please clean up after your dog). If the weather is cool, you may leave your dog in your car, if the weather is hot we suggest either leaving your dog at home or having someone remain on the surface during the tour.
The Cave property is home to many native birds and animals. All pets must be on leash and under your control at all times.
How much will my Special Event cost at Crystal Cave?
For group tours we have a published price list, but for Special Events, each event is unique. Please contact us and ask to speak with our Special Event Coordinator to discuss your Event. We will work with you to make your event a success!
What are our options for food while visiting Crystal Cave?
At our visitor center we offer cold drinks, ice cream, homemade fudge and specialty candies. We also have numerous picnic tables in our shaded picnic grounds and park style charcoal grills. Within 1/4 of a mile there is a Subway resturant. Feel free to grab a sub and head back to our shaded picnic grounds.
A mile down the road is downtown Spring Valley and there are several resturants for a quick lunch or dinner and a bakery. There are additional resturants in the surrounding communities as well.