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Crystal Cave Redevelopment and Rehabilitation Plan

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The National Park Service (NPS) is currently evaluating public comments on the plan / environmental assessment (EA) for the redevelopment and rehabilitation of the Crystal Cave area within Sequoia National Park.

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 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.

This EA evaluates the no action alternative and two action alternatives that consider options to improve improve the visitor and administrative facilities in the Crystal Cave area. It addresses the buildings and visitor services at the trailhead, the trail to the cave, and the tour introduction areas near the cave entrance.

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Nancy Hendricks