Natural Bridge Caverns – The Texas Underground Scene

The limestone bridge over the entrance to Natural Bridge Caverns

The limestone bridge over the entrance to Natural Bridge Caverns

Natural Bridge Caverns may be a little too far south to be in the *heart* of Texas, but it certainly is deep! Just a mosey down the road from San Antonio, this incredible geological formation is one of the most treasured, natural attractions in the state.

The caverns were discovered in 1960 by four college students who felt certain that the 60 foot long, above-ground, natural limestone bridge they were exploring must be part of an underground passage system. That suspicious bridge turned out to be right over the caverns’ entrance.

Since their incredible discovery, Natural Bridge Caverns has been carefully developed to allow both tourism and preservation of this amazing, living monument. This development furnished the caverns with a half mile of paved trails and 35,000 watts of indirect lighting, the extent of which reaches nearly 260 feet below ground. Further exploration of the caverns is ongoing and has expanded the area that can be toured.

Castle of the White Giants - one of the 'rooms' inside Natural Bridge Caverns

Castle of the White Giants – one of the ‘rooms’ inside Natural Bridge Caverns

Formations found within the caverns come in many strange and beautiful shapes that vary from room to room. Because the caverns are, for the most part, still active and growing, many of the formations glisten and appear waxy – yet are hard as limestone.

Initial digs at the site also revealed several stone tools dating back approximately 10,000 years and remains of species that have been extinct for 12,000 years! Touring the caves is an opportunity to learn more about history and geology as well as being one heck of an exciting adventure!

Natural Bridge Caverns

There are a number of different tours available as well as above ground activities, such as the “Canopy Challenge:” climbing courses of varying difficulty up a 60’ tower to four different zip lines. They even have a “Canopy Course” for the little ones or, should they prefer to keep their feet on the ground, there’s panning for gold at the Natural Bridge Mining Company & Rock Shop.

For more details: www.naturalbridgecaverns.com

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