In 1956, while looking for lost sheep on Spring Mountain, George Simms noticed a hole in the ground. The sun was just coming up and illuminated the inside of the hole enough that he could see that it was very deep. He went back down the mountain and got his nephews and they explored the cave for the first time.
What he discovered was a cave like no other. We like to think of the cave as a giant geode that you can walk through. The walls, ceiling and floor are covered in crystal!
Crystal Ball Cave is operated by the Bates Family as volunteer stewards.
30 miles of improved county dirt road will bring you to Gandy, Utah.
We are near Great Basin National Park and are surrounded by the wonders of Utah's West Destert! Check out the Area attractions page for a list of some of the things to do in the area!
If you like caves, we can guarantee that you will love this one. Trust us, its worth the drive.
And while you are here, visit Bates Family Ranch. Camp in one of our rustic cabins, or bring a tent and camp in a grass lined apple orchard over 100 years old.
Please feel free to check out the rest of the page to see what we have to offer.
About Crystal Ball Cave
& Bates Family Ranch
!Tours are booking extremely fast this year.
Those booking accommodations to stay with us. Make sure to schedule a tour BEFORE you book to make sure that we have tours available during your visit. We are unable to accommodate those that do not book a tour in advance
To book your tour call 801-787-6675
Crystal Ball Cave is a natural limestone cave located in Gandy, Utah. The Cave is now under the control of The Bureau of Land Management but managed by Jerald and Marlene Bates through a public private partnership.
Due to this, we are unable to charge a "fee," but donations are greatly appreciated. We would like to point out that we take time out of our busy schedules to take these tours and rely on them to be able to keep tours available to the public.
Tours of Crystal Ball Cave are available Monday-Saturday by appointment only.
No tours on Sunday
Walk-ins will not be accepted.
You must have confirmation of date and time.
To schedule a tour, call:
or Email Batesfamilyranch@gmail.com
Or click on the facebook link below and message us.