There was a very nice bunch of helictites
on the wall not far from the climb up.
The cave decorations consist of stalactites, stalagmites, pillars, drapery, rimstone pools, flowstone, helictites
, soda straws, and other unusual crystal formations.
-- curlicues of calcite that twist this way and that, rather than suspending straight down.
After a winter of further trail construction, the tour expanded last summer into the Landmark Room, home to a pristine collection of rare cave formations called helictites
Fairy Land is right there, with its baby stalactites on the ceiling and curly ones called helictites
Stalactites and stalagmites are found within the caves, along with helictites
, the unusual spiral formations for which these caves are known.
Lehman Caves took an estimated 600 million years to become what they are today, each extraordinary hollow containing variations of stalactites, stalagmites, bacon strips, cave coral, shields, flowstone, and gravity-abusers called helictites
The Caverns of Sonora is a National Natural Landmark due in part to the phenomenal display of speleothems known as "helictites
" and in particular "bladed helictites
," rare and beautiful cave formations.
At Lehman Caves, sign up early for one of the guided tours through an otherworldly half mile of stalactites, stalagmites, and twisting, straw-shaped helictites
Dainty white helictites
, translucent orange bacon, and shields of white calcite adorn each crevice.
May I through September 30, 2-hour tours take you to chambers filled with stalactites, stalagmites, helictites
, ribbon rock ("cave bacon"), and globular formations known as "cave popcorn" ($4 ages 12 and over, $2 ages 6 through 11, plus $3 vehicle entry fee).
A 2hour spelunking tour lets you explore larger chambers with still-growing helictites
(twisting soda straws that look like ramen noodles); bring lights and caving clothes.