This has been a 40-year process with the original application sent in 1974.
This award is issued within the criteria of the condition and quality of the caves, rarity and value to science and education.
We have waited so long to receive this designation and we are ecstatic, said Matt Doyle, caverns geveral manager. We expect an increase in guest attendance from out of the area due to this recognition.
Lake Shasta Caverns are a network of caves located near the McCloud Arm of Shasta Lake and date back at least 200 million years, formed by flowing water.
Made entirely of limestone, these caves feature every type of possible formation, including stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, columns and flowstone.
With a total of 35 Natural National Landmark sites in California, Lake Shasta Caverns now becomes number 36.
The closest cave with this designation Is Black Chasm Cave and is located 219 miles away.
Lake Shasta Caverns is open to the public with daily tours all year long. The caverns are located at 20359 Shasta Caverns Road, just off Interstate 5, north of Shasta Lake.
For more information visit the website at www.lakeshastacaverns.com or call 1-800-795-CAVE (2283) or 238-2341.