Beneath the Cornfields of Iowa...
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By Appointment Only! Private Cave tours with your family. Must call to reserve your time 563-556-6451. Groups limited to 10 people total. Masks are mandatory and several other safeguards will also be put into place. Your party must abide by all rules set in place by Crystal Lake Cave to assure your personal safety and the safety of our employees and cave. Gift shop will be open as well as cave picnic grounds. Cave will be open until December 15th or when conditions make road icy.
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Come Visit & Check Us Out!
With a history older than the state it’s in Crystal Lake Cave has been Iowa’s hidden treasure from the start. From gem mining where kids can discover their own fossils and gemstones in our specialized gem mining area to a gift shop full of great souvenirs and something for every everyone there’s alway plenty to see when you visit us! Come and visit to see all that we have.
A place to Explore…
Spelunking, Mining, and More! With guided tours of well-lit passages of intricate formations through over three-quarters of a mile of cave tunnels there is alot to explore and many fascinations to see. You are invited to visit and witness the ongoing miracle that created this natural masterpiece of underground panorama. Learn all that Crystal Lake Cave has to offer by exploring our website.
Get to know the cave’s history
Discovered in 1868 by James Rice this Cave was found to contain a fabulous collection of crystals including argonite, travertine, satin stalagmite, stalactite, and calcareous spar. In 1932, Bernard Markus opened the cave to the public, naming it Crystal Lake Cave. Today, Crystal Lake Cave is the longest living show cavern in the state of Iowa, and growing everyday.
6684 Crystal Lake Cave Rd, Dubuque, IA 52003