Hi, I've heard that you guys aren't open yet because you guys are renovating the caves. Are you open?
Crystal Onyx Cave will be opening soon. The renovations are more extensive then I expected. Nearly all the metal infrastructure was rusted beyond repair due to lack of preventive maintenance (painting) & needed to be replaced. The new steps are wider, less steep & stronger. All, 100% of the electrical is being replaced, new eco friendly LED lighting, GFI breakers, & wiring with grounds are being used for safety & ecology, We're going green. Places that have spectacular formations that weren't lighted, now are. A path to the lowest point that was to deteriorated to use which has the longest formations & tallest domes has been extensively upgraded & can be used in the tour. Several paths have been improved so there's less crouching & more walking upright. (This was done by removing blasting rubble & debris from the path floor & not harming any formations). The lower half which required 75% of the work is almost done. I should be able to start on the upper two trails shortly, then work on the upgrades to the outside.
We are all done with the renovations. Opening date is Memorial Day weekend 2018.
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