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Inside the White Room in Volcano, CA
Inside the White Room in Volcano, CA. Photo by Dave Bunnell.
The WCC is acquiring 150 acres of property near Volcano, CA, containing over 10 known caves (including Santa Claus/Pearl, Mushroom, Lulu Bell, and Connie‚Äôs), plus acres of karst with sinks, holes and flowstone fragments.This rare opportunity was made possible thanks to several large pledges from generous donors and WCC’s very own acquisition fund. This purchase will guarantee the preservation and conservation of these wonderful caves for years to come and grant cavers, like you, responsible access to enjoy them. Please help support the WCC in this endeavor through a tax deductible donation. Just $100 a year for the next 3 years will help the WCC retire the $200k loan with minimal interest and ensure continued access through our trusted management plan. Click below to donate today; all contributions, in any amount, large or small, will help immensely. Thank You!


The WCC is pleased to announce that we are once again issuing permits for recreational visits to most of our properties. Please note that in order to preserve the health and safety of cavers and cave ecosystems, we will be requiring all cave visitors to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. The WCC will continue to monitor all CDC and California public health guidance and will be revising this requirement as conditions in California continue to develop.

Please note that while recreational permits will be issued for Rippled and the caves at the freshly-acquired Volcano Natural Preserve, effective immediately, permits for Windeler and Cave of the Catacombs may be delayed for a few weeks in order to do some critical surface work at Windeler and to check the water level and other conditions at Cave of the Catacombs. Permits for SVR will continue to be surface-only for now.

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The Western Cave Conservancy believes in protecting the natural wonder of caves in the western United States, dedicated to securing responsible access to threatened caves through public education and practicing cave conservation.

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