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Moaning Cavern

Parrotts Ferry Road, Vallecito, CA
+1 209-736-2708
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Interesting Cavern

This was our first time visiting Moaning Cavern,it is about 30 Min. Drive from Mariposa.It is a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kuwait City, Kuwait
via mobile
Had a great time!!!

Highly recommend a visit... well worth the money for the cavern tour and the zip line. The cavern... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
John W
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Gold miners first explored Moaning Cavern in 1851, but Native Americans had revered the site for centuries because of the haunting, moaning sounds coming from the entrance. Today, visitors enter by descending a metal spiral staircase. Or make reservations for an exciting two-hour Adventure Trip. Above ground activities: gemstone mining, gold panning, free nature trail. School program available. Open every day, year round. We try to maintain our operational hours at Trip Advisor.
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“zip line” (30 reviews)
“adventure tour” (13 reviews)
“tight spaces” (11 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Parrotts Ferry Road, Vallecito, CA
+1 209-736-2708
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our first time visiting Moaning Cavern,it is about 30 Min. Drive from Mariposa.It is a very large/Deep chamber. We took the 45 minute “Cavern Walk Tour".The start of the tour,is descending down a few very narrow passages(hardest part ) then continue with a...More

Thank Ghaith391
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Highly recommend a visit... well worth the money for the cavern tour and the zip line. The cavern tour was very interesting and educational thanks to the knowledge of the tour guide... she was excellent and humorous. the Zip line was a thrilling ride and...More

Thank John W
Reviewed 8 September 2017

The cave tour was great. Our guide was a young man with a good sense of humor who spoke really fast. He took us down to the bottom of the cave in stages, relaying historical facts as we went. Turned off the lights at one...More

Thank Kim T
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Definitely worth a visit, even if you have visited caves before. This one has a 10 story spiral staircase, which is really cool and fun to walk down (and up - please note, while not super strenuous overall it is a 14-story walk up and...More

Thank Katja_e_b
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Driving through the foothills, we stopped to visit the Moaning Cave. Having visited this spot about 40 - 50 years ago, there was a big change. The old days we just walked in, paid a few dollars, joined a small guided group and descended into...More

Thank 323maureens
Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

Went on the cave tour today and don't know where to begin! The tour is relatively short and reasonably priced. I would not recommend it for anyone claustrophobic as the trail down is pretty narrow. It was definitely worth seeing!! We did the zip line...More

1  Thank Melissa M
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Warning: Do not go if you have a fear of heights. They have a spiral staircase that will give us acrophobes nightmares!

1  Thank trippingal
Reviewed 3 July 2017

Our trip to Gold Country included short stops in Murphys and Angels Camp. We found our way to the Moaning Cavern and it was a delightful find for a hot Sunday afternoon. I wasn't quite prepared for the small spaces and the many steps up...More

Thank PrairieGodmother
Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

This was an interesting place to see, I wasn't expecting the shear scale of the cavern. The access down into it wouldn't suit everyone, there are several hundred steps through a cramped passageway and then a spiral staircase but if you take your time it's...More

Thank daisyduke2891
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

This is a quick tour but very interesting. Wear good shoes and make sure you can handle stairs. The site inside is pretty amazing to see. After, visit the little town of Murphys for a lunch. It is a quaint little town.

Thank alexngm
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24 January 2015|
Response from Margaret S | Reviewed this property |
I did not see a height or weight or age limit but I think that there ought to be an advisory notice that it is not suitable for people who struggle with mildly stressful exercise. I had a similar issue some years ago at... More