Deep under the ground in the Texas Hill Country, find 13,000 caves, sinkholes and springs. Though only seven of the caves are Show Caves, or developed caves with organized tours. Read on for nine caves to explore in Texas, including two caves with wild cave tours.
9 Caves to Explore in Texas
Natural Bridge Caverns
Four college students discovered the caverns in 1960. Though the National Park Service and the Texas Parks and Wildlife were consulted, ultimately the landowners developed Natural Bridge Caverns. And it’s named after the60-foot natural limestone bridge at its opening. And for many, it’s one of the top caves to explore in Texas.
Located at 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd, northwest of San Antonio. Several tours available with admission based on age.
Caverns of Sonora
Early in the 20th-century a family dog chased a raccoon into an opening in the rocks.Thenit was explored, each time finding more of the cavern.
Considered by many to be the showiest of the Texas show caves. Sincethe crystal cave is rich in glittering formations.And it’s between San Antonio and El Paso, south of Interstate 10, the Caverns of Sonora is an ideal road trip stop.
Located at 1711 Pvt Road 4468, 15 miles southwest of Sonora. Admission based on age.
Inner Space Caverns
Curious boys and dogs in pursuit of an escaping animal tend to find many of the caves in Texas. Though the Texas Department of Transportation discovered Inner Space Caverns.
In 1963 while drilling core samples, the crew lost one of its drill bits.Used to evaluate the stability of a proposed overpass site, a drill bit suddenly dropped into an abyss. Soon after a mandescended down the hole on a rope attached to a car bumper.
Located at 4200 South I-35 Frontage Road, in Georgetown, 25 miles from Austin, Texas. Admission based on age.
Cave Without a Name
The Cave without a Name featuresstalagmites and stalactites along with other geological formations made out of limestone. And it’s a National Natural Landmark.
Inside the Throne Room, enjoy a musical performance to remember. About once a month, the Cave Without a Name hosts musical performances, some seasonal. Admission is $30 per person.
Located at 325 Kreutzberg Road, 11 miles northeast of Boerne. Admission for cave tours based on age.
Wonder Cave was the first show cave in Texaswhen it opened in 1903. See what happens underground after an earthquake and explore the Balcones Fault Line Cave.
Located at 1000 Prospect St. in San Marcos. Admission based on age.
During the Civil War, menharvested bat guano used for gun powder manufacturing. Then the Civilian Conservation Corps shoveled the guano during its tenure from 1934 to 1938.It built many of the park features too.
Located at 6211 Park Road 4 South, Burnet, Texas, 65 miles northwest of Austin. Admission for tour only, park admittance is free.
Cascade Caverns opened in 1932 as a show cave originally known as Hester’s Cave. The caverns closeddue to the gasoline rationing during WWII. Thenre-opened during the late 1940s.
Located at 226 Cascade Cavern in Boerne. Admission based on age.
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Wild Cave Tours in Texas
Not all caves feature developed trails and lighting. Sotake a guided tour with an experienced guide to explore the wild caves.Visitors must wear hiking boots and bring sources of light for their visit.
Colorado Bend State Park
Colorado Bend State Park offers 400 caves, not just one cave. For an introduction into cave exploring suitable for families with kids over 4, reserve the Discovery Tour. And more rigorous cave tours are available.
Located at 2236 Park Hill Dr in Bend in the Hill Country. Park admission is required and cave tours reservations are required with an additional fee.
Kickapoo Cavern State Park
With 20 known caves on the property it’s a cave system. The largest caves are Kickapoo Caverns and the Stuart Bat Cave, home to Mexican free-tail bats.
The 3-hour wild cave tour explores the undeveloped cave.Though unauthorized exploration of the caves is prohibited.
Located at 20930 RM 674 in Brackettville, 146 miles west of San Antonio. Reservations required for tour and admission based on age.
Bats and White-Nose Syndrome
You can not wear any clothing, this includes shoes, that has been in another cave due to White-Nose Syndrome. And camera and camera equipment will have to be disinfected if its been in another cave.
White-Nose Syndrome kills hibernating bat colonies across the U.S. and Canada. A fungus that thrives in low temperatures and high humidity that’s killed 6 million bats since it’s discovery in 2006.