Do you consider yourself a thrill-seeker? Are you fascinated by the beauty of mother nature? If so, you need to make a trip to Moaning Caverns Adventure Park! Moaning Caverns is home to California’s deepest cave chamber and hundreds of massive stalagmites where you can go on guided walking tours. Also, above the ground, there is an array of fun-filled activities such as zip-lining and gemstone mining. It’s an experience unlike any other!
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Here are the standout activities that you can enjoy when you visit Moaning Caverns Adventure Park.
The Spiral Tour
During the Spiral Tour, you’ll descend sixteen stories underground via a remarkable spiral staircase. You’ll see tremendous rock formations and learn about the history and geology of these colossal formations. Plus, you’ll see the moaning holes— which are rock formations caused by dripping water and create a moaning sound, which inspired the cave’s infamous name.
The Expedition Tour
This tour is for the true adventurer at heart! During the Expedition Tour, you’ll only have a headlamp to light your way through the caves. During this challenging 3-hour caving adventure trip, you’ll descend deep below ground and climb, crawl, squeeze, and slide through natural passages. This is an experience that you won’t soon forget.
Embrace your inner daredevil and experience this fast-paced, high-intensity adventure of zip lining. You’ll soar through the air and take in views of the beautiful Gold Country foothills. The zip lines are a quarter of a mile long and reach speeds up to 35 miles an hour! Also, there are two zip lines that run alongside one another so you and a brave friend can race each other.
Have you ever tried rock climbing? Whether it’s your first time trying it or you’re a seasoned pro, everyone can try their hand at the climbing wall at Moaning Caverns. This climbing tower is 32 feet high and includes both beginner and challenging climbing routes. You’ll get geared up in a charger and maneuver your way around the life-like rock features and overhangs and try to reach the top.
Helpful Tip: The zip lines and climbing wall are closed during certain seasons. Be sure to call ahead and check their availability before you head out to the caverns.
At the gemstone mining station, your kiddos can pan for gold just like the miners did during the California Gold Rush during the 1800s. Everyone is guaranteed to find some hidden treasures, so no one goes home empty-handed!
Stay at the Courtwood Inn: A Fabulous Bed and Breakfast in Murphys, CA
After a day filled with magical cave tours and exhilarating activities, rest your head at our charming, luxurious bed and breakfast— Courtwood Inn. We’re conveniently located 15 minutes away from Moaning Caverns Adventure Park, as well as the rest of the best things to see and do in Murphys and Northern California.
Here at Courtwood Inn, we’re proud of our custom-designed cedar log lodge, which we built with our guests’ comfort in mind. Each of the five distinctive guest rooms/suites have a private bath and spectacular views of the beautiful San Joaquin Valley from a private patio, deck area or balcony. With a special emphasis on eco-friendly building, we know you’ll find this cedar log cabin lodge both warm and welcoming.
Our mini-suite, Wimbledon, features high vaulted ceilings and a spacious seating area where you can enjoy your afternoon tea or wine. You will love late afternoons relaxing on your large private balcony, with a view of the rolling Sierra foothills at sunset. Decorated in the classic Wimbledon colors, we tried to stay true to the purple and green. Browse the rest of our accommodations and find the perfect one for you. We can’t wait to have you!