Monday, May 1, 2017

An Update that is not really an Update

As of May 1st 2017  - Boyden Cavern is still closed to the public due to the Rough Fire which damaged our small pedestrian bridge giving access to the cavern. We still have not received permission to rebuild the bridge in-spite of our team of consultants, engineers  and Congressman McKlintock. It is uncertain why this small project has taken so long to be completed.

The staff at Boyden have been very appreciative off all the support shown us by concerned citizens as we deal with this crazy government bureaucracy. A bureaucracy that gives no care for people or jobs, including management of it's public lands. The cavern experienced a brake-in last summer and damage to cavern formations. This is the fault of the Forest Service and Forest Law Enforcement for neglecting a vital and vulnerable natural resource.

Through negotiations with the Forest Service we had believed that there were positive steps made moving us to the point of purchasing re-build materials, however we were informed that under some sort of Granger Thye Fee offset we can not purchase any materials until the government works out those additional details. Details which should have been worked out and approved many months ago if not years ago.

At the moment there is no official update as to when Boyden will re-open. It is clear that the Forest Service has no interest in expediting the approval process, as they appear to be very content to let the operations stand idle,  preventing access to public lands.

Please keep an eye on this Blog, once we know with certainty about Boyden this blog will be updated regularly. If you would like to contact the Forest Service and express you concern about the closure of the cavern and why it has taken so long to re-open please call both of the numbers below.

Sequoia National Forest
Supervisors Office
P. 559.784.1500

Hume Lake
Ranger District

P. 559.338.2251




Tuesday, July 19, 2016

July 19, 2016

Currently the United States Forest Service is determining the details of rebuilding the small foot bridge which leads up to the cavern. Unfortunately the foot bridge burned in last years forest fire. We do not have any details about when the bridge will be rebuilt. Our best guess is Boyden will continue to be closed for the remainder of the 2016 summer season. To all our valued cavern visitors who have shown concern and support regarding this closure, thank you and please keep an eye on our blog so that when there are any updates you will be the first to know.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Minor Update 
 Please read beyond this entry for most up to date Information

Here is a link to the Porterville Reporter which talks a little about road and trail conditions into Kings Canyon. Rough Fire Road and Trails

Time to replace our Generators, any ideas on propane Gensets?

Kings gates and Boyden Cavern. Although looking good here fire burned along the marble roof pendant down to the Kings river


Monday, April 18, 2016


  Thank you all our valued guests:

We have been unable to appropriately update everyone on the status of Boyden Cavern until now and for that.....we are sorry.

WE did NOT lose the gift shop...... Many of you were very concerned for us and our loss, thank you for showing such kindness.

Unfortunately the news is marginal and will be some time before we know the "Rest of the Story". After the Rough fire last fall, Sequoia National Forest Ranger District closed off he entire area and only allowed short site visits to our area. Without enough time to access the damage to the surrounding Boyden infrastructure we believed that replacement of some of the trail, cleaning of the little Gift shop and rebuilding our generator building along with replacing the two propane 20Kw generators (see pics below), was about the extent of our damage. With bridge decking in hand, cement and a crew we would have been operational early May.

The unforeseen... Spring is here and highway 180 into the canyon is in great shape, thanks to a wonderful Cal-trans crew who takes a lot of pride in their work maintaining the highway. After a revisit by the United States Forest Service and it's engineer there seems to be concerned that the fire damaged the superstructure of one the bridges leading up to the cavern. Now we are waiting for word back from their people as to what needs to be inspected again and whether we will need a full-on team to rebuild the little walking bridge.

The future is all about getting our bridge back into some sort of safe form, this variable is the unknown and we will have to wait for official word from the Government. Our hopes are to be open by the end of May and before Memorial weekend. However please keep an eye on our Blog for the most up to date information.

Cavern and Gift shop are currently closed, there is NO public access to Boyden at this time. Unfortunately we are not taking reservations because we have no idea when we will resume operations.


This is the site of our power generation, we had two 20Kw Generators that operated on propane.

Unfortunately the building with the Gen Set also housed a lot of tools and equipment including welders, steel for trail and handrails, cement etc....


 Trees burned and then fell, the roots system supported parts of this trail section and when it went over the trail came up with-it.













One of the bridges that burned, this one may be ok After we re-deck it.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Fire maps tell one story....

According the fire maps and satellite photo's of the Rough fire, there were many hot spots and patches of raging fire which surrounded the Boyden office and staff camp. We were not optimistic that the camp would survive. Also with the canyon winds carrying fire embers blowing past our little gift shop there was a good chance the shop would not have survived. However the good news came in late Monday night (August 24, 2015) that the camp and gift-shop currently are not affected by the fire. Now there is plenty of fire left in Kings Canyon which could still affect us, but with the number of fire crews, tankers and equipment dispersed throughout the park and forest we can be cautiously optimistic that Boyden will be spared. How can we possibly thank everyone for their tremendous efforts and determination to protect our homes and business.  One sad story to report, Kings Canyon Lodge located  about 7 miles north of Boyden Cavern did fall victim to the fire, the lodge has been a favorite of many visitors over the years and a personal favorite of mine. I have known the Evans family for years and hope that they are able to recover from this and come back stronger than ever. If anyone would like to help the Evans family rebuild let them know by clicking on the Help Rebuild Kings Canyon Lodge Link

For more information on the Rough Fire I have three links available now
Hume Lake

Inciweb_Rough Fire Kings Canyon

http://wildfiretoday.com/2015/08/18/rough-fire-east-of-fresno-ca-forces-evacuation-of-hume-lake/

We still have no word as to when the lower part of the forest and respective park including Cedar Grove will be open. I will keep updating our blog as I get information from my sources.

Finally I will try to speak with a geologist about how the fire will affect the lands, the highway into the canyon (tremendous rocks slides reported already), and with the possibility of a El Nino this winter how large rain and snow fall will affect the burned areas.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Rough Fire Update

We have no anticipated opening of Lower Kings Canyon and Boyden Cavern

Kings Canyon is one of the deepest river carved canyons in the nation. With the canyon measuring at about 8000' deep with shear walls of rock, one would think that fire danger would be fairly minimal. The problem is along the south western edge of the canyon, brush and fuel for the fire is thick and dry.... Now the fire is moving toward Hume Lake at an amazing speed, just to the south of Hume Lake is an area called camp 7, an old logging area that was logged back when Boyden was in the area around 1906. What the loggers found were trees of enormous size in both height and girth. Giant Sequoias grow in this area and are approximately four thousand years old. Today the Rough fire is threatening these groves of Sequoias with the intensity of fire that these trees may have never had to endure. Although Giant Sequoias have an amazing fire resistant bark and historically have stood the test of time, the Rough fire may prove more than even these mighty trees can withstand.

Keep an eye on the below link and see all the smoke around Hume Lake, as we learn more we will update this page.   http://wildfiretoday.com/2015/08/18/rough-fire-east-of-fresno-ca-forces-evacuation-of-hume-lake/


Monday, August 17, 2015

Fire in the Kings Canyon

Effective Immediately 

Boyden Closed Due to Forest Fire

 

As of August 15th the United States Forest Service has closed Highway 180 at the Hume Lake turn off, approximately 14 miles above Boyden Cavern. All of the lower portion of Kings Canyon including Cedar Grove has been evacuated, that way fire crews can move along Highway 180 unhindered by general public and vehicle traffic. 

 Currently there is NO estimated reopening date, we have a high pressure area over the park and temperatures are high with conditions critically dry, our guess is there may be several days of Park closure or longer, please keep an eye on our blog for the most up to date information.

For those of you who would like the most current status on the "Rough" fire click on the below link.  

 Lower Kings/Boyden Rough Fire Status