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NameBlack Chasm Cavern, National Natural Landmark
Address15701 Pioneer Volcano Road
Volcano, CA 95689
Brief DescriptionCalifornia's newest showcave filled with pristine beauty.
TypeAttraction
CategoryTour
DescriptionLocated in Amador County, just outside the quaint village of Volcano, Black Chasm opened for guided walking tours at the end of September 2000. This spectacular, living cave is decorated with a huge variety of natural formations, including profuse arrays of rare and distinctive, sparkling helictites. Part of the beauty of this cave is in how it has been developed using an ecologically friendly platform, stairs and walkway system that enhances rather than detracts from the underground experience. This attractive trail system keeps visitors off the fragile floor of the cave while affording them spectacular views.

Black Chasm was named a National Natural Landmark in 1976 by the National Park Service for its outstanding displays of rare helictite formations. On the 50-minute guided walking tour, descend a series of stairs and walkways that loop around the formation covered caverns walls. Here, flowstones interspersed with stalactites, draperies and helictites compete for space above the stairways. In the Colossal Room, a platform seemingly suspended in midair hangs above a 70-foot drop to small glimpses of the jewel-like lake below, made bright turquoise by naturally occurring calcium bicarbonate.

At the Landmark Portal, a large group of spectacular stalactites hangs over the entrance. Enter the Landmark Room for which Black Chasm was designated a National Natural Landmark and see the massive arrays of rare, sparkling white helictite crystals.

Visit the new 3,000 square foot visitors center with displays from the Matrix movie trilogy (Black Chasm was the inspiration for the huge cavern set in the second & third movies), learn about the recent exploration & mapping of the cave and browse the science, nature and souvenir merchandise.

Check out the web site for maps, directions, photos and information on our fun and educational school program.

ACTIVITIES
50-minute guided walking tour
Gemstone mining
Gold panning
Above ground nature hike
Picnic tables - bring your lunch!
Phone 1(866) 762-2837
Phone 2(209) 736-2708
Emailcaverns@caverntours.com
Handicapped AccessibleNo
Time Allowance45 minutes - 1.5 hours
Websitewww.caverntours.com/BlackRt.htm
Request BrochureUnderground Adventures Brochure
Last Updated6/23/2011
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Reviews for Black Chasm Cavern, National Natural Landmark in Volcano, CA

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5 StarsExcellent!Recently took my students on a field trip to the Chasm. The 2 1/2 hours to get there was worth it! The Black Chasm is an awesome spectacle of underground wonder. The grounds are neat & clean, and the staff was knowledgable & friendly.Middle age female10-11-08
5 StarsExcellent!I have been in several caverns, and this one is my favorite. The helicite is amazing, defying gravity as it grows. The amount and variety or different kinds of faormations should be seen by anyone interested. Middle age female02-25-08
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