“Discover the Wonder of Lakehead”
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.There are many theories on how caves are formed. Evidence supports the belief that the hollowing out of mountains begins when ground water flows through fissures in the limestone. Carbonic acid created by decayed organic matter is carried by surface water through the cracks and dissolved the softer part of the limestone. This creates a “swiss cheese” effect inside the mountain. Calcium carbonate is deposited in the voids and slowly accumulates to create calcite formations. These speleothems or formations take hundreds of years to form and come in a remarkable variety of shapes, sizes and colors. The most common formations are stalactities (hang from the ceiling) and stalagmites (grow up from the ground). Discover how many more formations there are, some quite extraordinary and all beautiful!
Memorial Day thru Labor Day
Every half hour from 9 AM - 4 PM
April, May and September
Every hour from 9 AM - 3 PM
October - March
10 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM
Beautiful and nice on a hot day. The caverns are nice and cool. You have to go up some steep steps, so beware! This being said, I'm pretty out of shape and did not have difficulty with it. The guided tour is great with lots of neat information. The only downside was that though they claimed to have a dog sitter, we left our dog with them while on the tour and when we returned, there was NO ONE watching the dog even though he was NOT LOCKED up! This made me upset because anybody could have come up and taken my dog. I looked for someone and waited for 5 minutes before just heading into the gift shop to retrieve my leash (they link the dogs to their own anchored leash). If you don't have a dog, I highly recommend this place! :) I would give this place a 5, except for the fact that they told us they would watch my dog and they didn't at all! So, I have to give it a 3.
This is a great activity to do if you are staying in or passing through the area. Its a bit expensive for the whole family, but worth it. It includes a boat ride across the lake and a bus ride up the hill to the cave. Tip: sit on the driver's side if you are afraid of heights. I wish I had my laser pointer with me to point out specific formations. There is plenty of room for RV parking and turn around. Do the right thing and tip your guide and bus driver.
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