A National Natural Landmark! Your Lake Shasta Caverns adventure begins with a ride across the crystal blue waters of Shasta Lake on a 65 foot catamaran. As you cross the McCloud arm of Shasta Lake, the boat captain will talk about the lake, the geography and some facts about the area. You will soon arrive on the east shore just below the limestone North Gray Rocks.
Continue your tour with a comfortable ride in our custom buses up the hill to the cavern entrance. Along the way you may spot several of the animals that reside on this pristine mountain like the bald eagle, osprey, mountain lion, bobcat, black bear, or black-tailed deer. Manzanita, red bud, oak and pine dot the hillside and you will enjoy stunning vistas of the lake below.
At the cavern entrance your expert guide will explain the history of the caverns, its discovery, and how limestone caverns are formed. Upon entering the carefully preserved underground world of the caverns, you will be surrounded by crystal beauty 250 million years in the making! As you turn each corner, a different surprise awaits you in the form of unique and stunning calcite formations!
Lake Shasta Caverns is one of three known caverns in the deep limestone beds of Shasta County. The beds originated 250 million years ago when the area was submerged and was subjected to folding of the earth’s crust. This ultimately created the Klamath Mountain range. Subsequent submerging, volcanic action and uplifting of the earth’s crust created the perfect environment for the formation of caverns.
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