California Cavern, State Historic Landmark

Originally called Mammoth Cave, California Cavern was California’s first show cave and is its longest cavern system. Depending on the season, the guided cavern walk tour can be 45 minutes to 80 minutes long featuring an enchanting trail with beautiful crystalline cave formations in historical and recently discovered pristine areas. The cavern walking tour takes … Continued

California Cavern Gift Shop

The California Cavern gift shop and visitors center offers lots of fun, interesting and educational merchandise for adults and children. Choose from rocks, fossils, games, puzzles and books and Gold Rush history items. You can also purchase an unopened geode, and crack it right here at the shop where you will be the first person … Continued

Moaning Caverns Adventure Park

Moaning Caverns Adventure Park holds California’s deepest cave chamber, where you can descend deep underground on a guided walk tour.  Gemstone mining at the custom flume system is always fun for the whole family and cracking geodes is a big hit with rock hounds of all ages. Reservations are strongly recommended for all activities. The … Continued

Mercer Caverns

Mercer Caverns, one of three caves in Calaveras County, is open for guided tours, year round. See deep underground in this cavern filled with a large array of cave formations like stalactities, stalagmites and flowstones. This cavern also won the Paris World’s Fair for its display of the rare cavern formation: flos feri. An early … Continued

Black Chasm Cavern, National Natural Landmark

Explore beautiful trails and chambers in this enchanting National Natural Landmark cave on 50-minute guided walk tours. See sparkling flowstones, stalactites and hugh clusters of rare, crystalline helictite formations.

Calaveras County – At a Glance

Calaveras County: LOCATION Calaveras County is situated in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills in California’s historic Gold Country region. According to a USDA study, Calaveras ranks 14th nationally for scenic beauty and climate. Drive times from gateway cities and major destinations are: San Francisco 2.5 hours; Sacramento 1.5 hours; Lake Tahoe 2.5 hours; Yosemite 2.5 hours. … Continued

Fun Things to do in Summer in Calaveras County

Summer in Calaveras County means High Sierra wildflowers, perfect temperatures, cooling off lake side, camping, fishing by the rivers, wine tasting at family owned vineyards, discovering and exploring charming Gold Rush era towns, cave exploration and much much more. Read on for fun things to do in the summer in Calaveras County. 1. Things to … Continued

Weekend Getaway: Historic Mokelumne Hill

This authentic Gold Country retreat offers a perfect weekend getaway for anyone who is looking to escape the grind and kick back at a leisurely pace. If you go, here’s how to make a weekend out of it…

Natural Bridges Trail

⚠ ADVISORY: This fragile ecosystem needs your help. As one of the most popular wilderness destinations in our county, it is up to each visitor to make sure we all do our part to preserve the beauty of the area for generations to come. Please visit the Know Before You Go advisory at the bottom of this … Continued

Calaveras Summer Itineraries

Summer in Calaveras means hot days and warm evenings, perfect for outdoor concerts and theater, lots of outdoor recreation in the high country and on our lakes, winery events, and underground adventures. Summer in Calaveras: Unwind, indulge…or both For breakfast on the go grab a strong coffee, a homemade everything bagel with cream cheese (and … Continued