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We are no longer giving directions to the Lawrence Welk Caves

The Lawrence Welk caves are talus caves formed between large boulders. Over time, washed out the soil between the boulders leaving space in between, forming tight "caves". These caves were relatively unheard of until the 70's when a few kids went missing, prompting a search and introducing the caves to the public.

This is a very tight and claustrophobic adventure. It is not for the faint of heart. This is an intricate maze with multiple levels. There is nothing safe about it and is possible to get lost or very injured inside. The caves go about 30 feet underground.

Make sure you mark your way in so you can find your way out again. I would believe that this trip is not for your average person. You definitely want to go with a few other people, bring headlamps and let others know where you're going in case something goes wrong.

Update: I have had the owner of this land write me and ask to remove directions.  He has since built a family home on the property and says it is absolutely off limits.  Please do not visit here.


There are many different entrances:

That was round one. Round two is a little further down. Head down the hill and keep your eyes peeled to the left....There are many entrances into the second cave as well. Find a hole and see where it takes you!These are the spaces you are having to fit through often. Think you can hang?

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  • Ernest frame
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    IMPORTANT!!! Just went to the cave 24 August 3013. Tried to enter cave and got chased off by a huge dog with sharp teeth and claws. The people DO NOT want trespassers!!!!!!

    August 24, 2013

  • Nick
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    i explored the entire length of these cave systems a few months ago, it was awesome!

    March 3, 2014

  • Angel
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    Out here right now, daughter explored more then I did and found a guy that lives in one of the lower caves, sorta creepy… Also ran I to some other people exploring. I would for sure use your instinct when out here, some caves are deep and dark.

    January 5, 2015

  • Josh
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    I went here a few years ago before I heard of this site. Really cool place, fun to hop down from rock to rock. The bottom bigger cave definitely is scary, bring flashlights. And yes, there was a camp/sleeping bags and trash there but we didn’t see anyone there.

    January 17, 2016

  • Anonymous
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    Bunch of disrespectful punk’s have graffitied over pictographs!!!!! Go ahead and go explore, you will meet our ancestors down there! Karma and all that jazz

    May 23, 2016

  • Nonya
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    Before anyone declares themselves ‘explorer’ and goes down to these lovely places, they should first educate themselves about the history of cave art and the importance of same to all humanity, not just themselves and their stoner friends. The images of all the paint is sickening, as this isn’t art, it is, quite simply, bad graffiti. Finally, because there are weirdos ‘living’ there, bring your best weapon, just in case.

    August 22, 2016

  • Owner
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    I’m the owner of the property on which the caves reside. I’ve recently built a house there and have posted no trespassing signs and have security cameras up. There is no public access to the site, this is all 100% private property. Please respect that, violators will be prosecuted.

    January 7, 2018

  • Anonymous
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    I’m curious as to the name. Why Lawrence Welk?

    January 4, 2019

  • Anonymous
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    @ Anonymous. It’s because they are somewhere around the Lawrence Welk resort. Another name for the caves is Hidden Meadows Caves, but few call it that.

    May 25, 2019

  • Anonymous
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    @Owner, you are suuucccccchhhh a pussy dude. What a waste to let all that amazing stuff lie unexplored so your boomer fatass can sit in ur lil house

    May 21, 2020

  • Mit Nerraw
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    Back in the late 90s a group of 4 kids got lost in there after their flashlight died. Search and rescue and the San Diego caving group, who was familiar with the area, were called in. Took about 24 hours for them to be found and exit the caves.

    December 11, 2020

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