Lake Shasta Caverns National Natural Landmark is a geologic adventure for your whole family. Take part in a robust and comprehensive tour to see the caverns and lake in their glory. Along the way, you might see local animals, like bald eagles, mountain lions and black bears! Lake Shasta Caverns National Natural Landmark is one of three known caverns in Shasta County. The beds originated 250 million years ago when the earth was subjected to the folding of its crust. Ultimately, this created the Klamath Mountains. The caverns were part of life for the Wintu Indians, who lived in the area. In the 1870s, a fish hatchery and small town were built on the McCloud River and the cave was named Baird Cave.
A hatchery employee, J.A. Richardson, officially discovered the caverns in 1878. Since 1964, they have been opened as a natural attraction to the public.
From tiny cave coral and gravity defying helicities, to magnificent cave drapery, there is so much to see!Don't miss these hot-spots!
Sandy Creek Mining Sluice:
Young spelunkers love sluicing for gemstones in our gemstone sluice box. There's no better way to snag and identify gems and fossils while working in the trough.
Some gemstones your child will find include quartz, peridot, ruby, sapphire, moon stone, and emeralds.
Give your young caver the adventure of a lifetime. Our Rock Box features a 6-foot climbing wall, tunnel, climbing rock and tree house carved of oak.
Feel free to bring your lunch and enjoy the cool lakeside setting of our picnic area. Refreshments are available in our snack bar.
Snack Bar and Store:
Refresh your thirst and grab an old-fashioned hot dog. You can also grab some fun mementos.
|Essential Information||We offer a shaded picnic area for relaxing and eating, a playground called the "Rock Box" and a mining sluice next to the "Lost Cabin Mine." You may purchase a gemstone or bag of fossils there. Our gift store is filled with unique items, souvenirs, and rock merchandise. We also have a snack bar offering hot dogs, pizza, nachos, soft drinks, ice cream and additional seasonal snacks. Stop by our back deck for a beautiful view of the McCloud arm of the Shasta Lake.|
|Participants||Up to 19|
|Location||Lake Shasta Caverns National Natural Landmark is located just about 17 miles north of Redding, CA|
|Duration||2-2.5 hours dependent upon stop lengths along the way, please plan on spending atleast half of the day|
|Weather Dependency||In the event of inclement or severe weather, your reservation may be altered or cancelled to be rescheduled at a later time or date. This is for your safety, we appreciate your understanding.|
|What to Wear||Please wear comfortable and weather appropriate clothing. High heels are not recommended. You may wish to bring your camera and a bottle of water. Most folks like to leave large bags and food in their cars. Backpacks and strollers are banned for safety reasons.|
|Guests||this activity is not suitable for non-paying guests|
20359 Shasta Caverns Rd, Lakehead, California 96051
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