"While Wintu Indian tribe
lore suggests Shasta Caverns have been known since
antiquity, the first recorded white explorer was James A. Richardson, a federal
fisheries employee. His claim of discovery is still clearly legible on the wall where
he wrote it that day -
'spelunkers' who inched their way through steep, restricted natural fissures to
view its startling formations. Then a tunnel was driven to enable visitors to
enter the series of connected chambers from a lower level. A fairyland of nature's
formations in the Caverns has led geologists to compare its beauty favorable to that
of any other limestone and marble cave in the nation.
accessed by a pleasant boat ride across
then a short bus ride up a winding roadway to the entrance."