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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. Interested in hearing…

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Caves are special places. We want to see them protected and preserved through our dedication to securing permanent protection for threatened caves in the western United States. The Western Cave Conservancy was incorporated in 2002 and…

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Cave of the Catacombs

Calaveras County, CA By Bruce Rogers White settlers apparently (re)discovered this little cave near Mountain Ranch on April 30, 1850 and named it Cave of the Catacombs according to a short note in the Alta…

WCC Acquires Cave of the Catacombs

We are excited to announce that the Western Cave Conservancy has purchased the bulk of Cave of the Catacombs, including the main entrance.  This gold country cave was first discovered by European settlers in 1850, but it had clearly been known to the natives for much longer, as evident by the presence of…