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Moaning Cavern

Parrotts Ferry Road, Vallecito, CA
+1 209-736-2708
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Cavern worth visiting, but other things to do too

The cavern is beautiful. If you have time & are more adventurous than me, book ahead and do the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Moaning Caverns With Girl Scouts = Fun

I took my troop of ninth grade Girl Scouts here yesterday and we all had a great time. They loved... read more

Reviewed 11 November 2017
San Francisco Bay Area
via mobile
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Gold miners first explored Moaning Cavern in 1851, but Native Americans had revered the site for centuries because of the haunting, moaning sounds coming from the entrance. Today, visitors enter by descending a metal spiral staircase. Or make reservations for an exciting two-hour Adventure Trip. Above ground activities: gemstone mining, gold panning, free nature trail. School program available. Open every day, year round. We try to maintain our operational hours at Trip Advisor.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good34%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“zip line” (30 reviews)
“adventure tour” (12 reviews)
“basic tour” (7 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Parrotts Ferry Road, Vallecito, CA
+1 209-736-2708
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The cavern is beautiful. If you have time & are more adventurous than me, book ahead and do the adventure visit. The guides were exceptionally knowledgeable & engaged, so I imagine the more hands on experience would have been amazing. Thoroughly loved or visit, loved...More

Thank LouiseNE
Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

I took my troop of ninth grade Girl Scouts here yesterday and we all had a great time. They loved it and would definitely come back. It was the first time caving for most of them so we did the basic tour. A couple were...More

Thank SFSuburbanite
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

I decided I wanted to do something different for my birthday. We went to moaning caverns because I had heard about friends doing the zip lines there. It is free for your birthday (but you must go the day of). They offer twin zip lines,...More

Thank L4431COlisap
Reviewed 4 November 2017

Absolutely enormous cave! Our guide was Cora and she was very professional. There's only one cave on the regular tour but what a cave - its absolutely huge w lots of different features. You go down a long, long spiral staircase made from bits of...More

Thank Martin P
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

This was our first time visiting Moaning Cavern,it is about 30 Min. Drive from Mariposa.It is a very large/Deep chamber. We took the 45 minute “Cavern Walk Tour".The start of the tour,is descending down a few very narrow passages(hardest part ) then continue with a...More

Thank Ghaith391
Reviewed 10 October 2017

Highly recommend a visit... well worth the money for the cavern tour and the zip line. The cavern tour was very interesting and educational thanks to the knowledge of the tour guide... she was excellent and humorous. the Zip line was a thrilling ride and...More

Thank John W
Reviewed 7 September 2017

The cave tour was great. Our guide was a young man with a good sense of humor who spoke really fast. He took us down to the bottom of the cave in stages, relaying historical facts as we went. Turned off the lights at one...More

Thank Kim T
Reviewed 5 September 2017

Definitely worth a visit, even if you have visited caves before. This one has a 10 story spiral staircase, which is really cool and fun to walk down (and up - please note, while not super strenuous overall it is a 14-story walk up and...More

Thank Katja_e_b
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Driving through the foothills, we stopped to visit the Moaning Cave. Having visited this spot about 40 - 50 years ago, there was a big change. The old days we just walked in, paid a few dollars, joined a small guided group and descended into...More

Thank 323maureens
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

Went on the cave tour today and don't know where to begin! The tour is relatively short and reasonably priced. I would not recommend it for anyone claustrophobic as the trail down is pretty narrow. It was definitely worth seeing!! We did the zip line...More

1  Thank Melissa M
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24 January 2015|
Response from Margaret S | Reviewed this property |
I did not see a height or weight or age limit but I think that there ought to be an advisory notice that it is not suitable for people who struggle with mildly stressful exercise. I had a similar issue some years ago at... More