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Black Chasm Cavern Offers Unique Spelunking Opportunities
Visitors to the cave are enchanted by a wide variety of formations including stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and the vast arrays of rare helictite crystals, for which Black Chasm Cavern is justly famous.
Above ground, kids love the gemstone mining at flumes right outside the Visitors Center. Everyone is guaranteed to find real gemstones, the perfect start to a rock collection. And do try the incredibly popular geode cracking too.
Whether you are an easy walker or a strenuous adventurer, you can enjoy the sights here. There’s a self guided Zen Garden Hike plus a 50-minute guided Landmark Walk Tour which follows a series of environmentally friendly platforms, stairs and walkways, designed to give the best views of the cave without compromising the naturally pristine environment. This beautiful tour shows off some world class formations, and culminates in a visit to the Landmark Room, the location of the greatest collections of sparkling helictite crystals.
For the more adventurous, there’s the three-hour Labyrinth Tour, a fun, physically challenging surface tour that explores picturesque rock outcroppings in the beautiful foothill forest surrounding the cavern. This expedition involves hiking, climbing, crawling, sliding and slithering over, under and around mammoth rock sculptures that were created over 100 years ago when gold miners did hydraulic mining, washing away tons of soil exposing the massive rock structures.
The Visitors Center provides information on Black Chasm Cavern’s connection to the “Matrix” trilogy, and displays props from the movies, including huge manufactured stalagmites from the Zion set.
Black Chasm Cavern is open daily throughout the year. For more information, visit www.caverntours.com.
As always, the friendly staff at Jackson Rancheria RV Park can provide you with directions and information on all there is to see and experience in Amador County.
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