Crystal Cave Redevelopment and Rehabilitation Plan
The purpose of the project is to provide for an improved visitor experience at the Crystal Cave area in such a manner that reduces impacts, improves sustainability, meets legal requirements, and protects park natural and cultural resources.
The selected action (alternative B in the EA) includes replacing the existing visitor kiosk, rehabilitating the Crystal Cave access trail, improving the interpretive information in the area, and installing vault comfort stations in the parking lot. A complete description of the selected alternative is found in the FONSI located on the link titled "Document List" on the left side of this webpage.
Crystal Cave has been one of Sequoia National Park's primary visitor attractions since 1940 when the cave was officially opened to the public. It is the only cave open for guided public cave tours within Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The cave is generally open for cave tours from May through November, weather permitting. Crystal Cave is located on a secondary road approximately 7 miles off the Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park, between the Ash Mountain entrance and the Giant Forest Museum.
The National Park Service (NPS), Pacific West Regional Director, has approved the Finding of No Significant Impact Statement (FONSI) for the redevelopment and rehabilitation of the Crystal Cave area within Sequoia National Park.