May 13, 2020

Media Contact: 
Gary Rogers, Communications Director
Phone number: 559-561-4804

Three Rivers, CA – Sequoia Parks Conservancy is disappointed to announce the closure of Crystal Cave and the cancellation of the Dark Sky Festival for the 2020 season due to concerns of the coronavirus. The Conservancy's managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities in consultation with NPS Public Health Service officers.
Due to the sensitive ecosystem of Crystal Cave, the required sanitation procedures are not possible. Also, the narrow pathways and tight spaces throughout the cave do not allow adequate physical distancing measures. You can learn more about Crystal Cave by following Sequoia Parks Conservancy on social media. The Conservancy looks forward to opening Crystal Cave for the 2021 season.

This year’s Dark Sky Festival would have been the seventh annual since first held in 2014. The festival aims to educate visitors about the importance of the night sky and inspire them to take action in their own communities. Sequoia Parks Conservancy is looking forward to a 2021 Dark Sky Festival if conditions allow. Please follow Sequoia Parks Conservancy on social media for updated information and to learn how you can enjoy and protect the night sky in your own community.

About Crystal Cave
Crystal Cave is the second-largest of 275 known caves in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, and the fourth largest in California. At just over three miles of surveyed passageway, this remarkable marble cave has been open to the public for tours since 1940.
This is a photo showing the various geological formations inside Crystal Cave.
Photo by Alison Taggart-Barone
About the Dark Sky Festival
The Dark Sky Festival is the largest astronomy festival in Central California, drawing crowds of several thousand throughout the weekend at multiple locations throughout Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
This is a photo showing a large group of people observing the Milky Way above Sequoia National Park.
About Sequoia Parks Conservancy
Sequoia Parks Conservancy is the official nonprofit partner of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and Lake Kaweah, working hand-in-hand with the National Park Service to support projects including trail improvements, educational programs for the public, and the protection of wildlife and their natural habitat. Learn more at or 559-561-4813. 

About Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
These two parks, which lie side-by-side in the southern Sierra Nevada in Central California, serve as a prime example of nature’s size, beauty, and diversity. Over 2 million visitors from across the U.S. and the world visit these parks for the world’s largest trees (by volume), grand mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, the highest point in the lower 48 states, and more. Learn more at or 559-565-3341.