Underground Texas

Travel deep within Texas’s historic caverns and you'll find that underground is actually one of the coolest places in Texas.

You’d never think that underground is actually one of the coolest places in Texas. Travel deep within Texas’s historic caverns to experience beautiful natural rock formations and pieces of ancient history. Though the claustrophobic may find less enjoyment in a subterranean adventure, the brave will find the journey beneath the ground well worth the rewards.

At Natural Bridge Caverns, climb down more than 180 feet for popular guided tours like the Discover and Hidden Passages Tours.  The site, discovered in 1960 by four cavers from St. Mary’s University, is located between San Antonio and New Braunfels. If a below-ground adventure isn’t for you, take your journey upwards with their four-story Canopy Challenge Adventure Course, which has 1,400 feet of zip lines and obstacles.

The Caverns of Sonora, also known as the Mayfield Cave, have been called the most beautiful in Texas. Located on Interstate 10, about half-way between Big Bend National Park and San Antonio, the caverns make a great stop on a Texas-themed Spring Break tour. The site features a gift shop with gemstone jewelry, and you can also sample butter fudge made on site. For campers, there are 48 sites complete with good water and electricity nestled in the heart of a working ranch. Guided walking tours in the cave take place in roughly 85 degrees, so no sweaters are necessary.

Inner Space Cavern, hidden for 10,000 years, will satisfy your inner archeologist.  The cavern, about 20 miles north of Austin, is one of the few places you can visit where prehistoric remains have been unearthed.  These wondrous limestone caverns contain helictites, ancient flowstones, and giant columns. Start out with a one-hour “Adventure” tour, or take the opportunity to briefly explore on your own during the “Explorer” tour. The over-three hour “Wild Cave Tour” on Saturdays is only for ages 13 and over.  Much of the cave cannot be accessed by visitors—with only one man-made entrance, the tours only cover about one-eighth of the passage.

Whichever cavern you choose, you will certainly have a day to remember!

by Jordan Smith

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