Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Current Activities and Updates
We are very sorry to inform the wonderful visitors of Giant Sequoia National Monument that there are no updates as to when Boyden Cavern may re-open. We have been working with the Forest to finalize permits. With that completed we are now working with the Forest engineer to get the Lead Abatement contractor approved and scheduled ASAP. However, as we approach Fall and the eventual seasonal closure of highway 180 it is uncertain if we will be able to begin any actual repairs, therefore we would start Spring of 2018.  

 Although the engineering approval process seems to be excessively long, in all fairness to the engineers and fine folks working to get this bridge project completed, we are not without some issues from Mother Nature.  Recently a fairly large rock slide down the embankment above the bridge, contacted the bridge and actually created a Bend or Bow in the I Beams. We are now waiting on the official word  regarding the usability of these giant steel I- Beams, see pictures.
Look toward the center of the photo and just above the I Beam Bolts, there is our rock. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Updates are coming in very slow

As of now the Forest Service has finally approved the long process of re-writing the necessary permits to allow us the concessionaire to have some sort of Fee-offset. Currently the Rough fire which burned two years ago and damaged a small foot bridge which lead to the cavern entrance is still under Forest Service engineering review. At this time it is unknown how long this review may take. However we are optimistic and hope to actually begin the rebuild process in the next few weeks. 



Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Still Not Open!

To all our valued Forest visitors who have come to enjoy the wonderful beauty of the outdoors. Boyden Cavern located in the geographic Kings Canyon at the base of a truly amazing marble roof pendant, is still not open to the public due to the Rough fire two seasons ago. We are working with the Forest Service to rebuild the little pedestrian bridge which was partially burned by the fire. However the time line of re-opening is still unclear, we mistakenly thought that the approval process and rebuild would have been completed before the 2017 summer season began. We are hopeful that the approval process will be accelerated and that the public will once again be able to visit Boyden Cavern and share in this incredibly delightful and beautiful cavern soon. If you have concerns about the closure of the cavern please direct your interest to the Sequoia National Forest, call and share your opinion.
Sequoia National Forest
Supervisors Office
P. 559.784.1500
TDD. 559.781.6650
Hume Lake
Ranger District

P. 559.338.2251