Around Town is a series where I take you on a tour of my latest home, San Antonio, Texas, a city rich in history, culture, and Tex-Mex food. So grab your sombrero, put on your boots and let’s begin exploring!
If you’re looking for a unique encounter with nature or a little adventure on your next trip to San Antonio, the Natural Bridge Caverns has plenty to offer. Families can enjoy panning for stones, solving the newly opened maze, or zip lining through the Canopy Challenge.
If you’re hoping to get up close and personal with nature, check out one of their 2 underground tours. Despite being a little on the expensive side at about $20 a person for 1 tour or $30 for a combination tour, the experience is well worth it!
I especially enjoyed the Discovery Tour, which is the original and most popular tour. You descend 180 feet below ground level into a series of large caverns with equally massive and spectacular formations such as the Watchtower, which rises 50 feet from the floor to the ceiling. Though, the mountain of bat guano might be equally impressive at about 3 -4 feet deep.
The highlight of this tour comes at the end when you look out on to the largest cavern in Texas. At more than 100 feet wide, 100 feet tall and 350 feet long, it’s filled with hundreds of formations that play tricks on your visual perception of scale. It really brings to light the effect a nasty leak can have over time.
Adventurers looking for a little bit more of a challenge may want to try one of the adventure tours which enables you to retrace the original route explorers took during their first visit to the caverns. Be ready to get down and dirty as you crawl through tunnels and repel into the caverns. This is definitely on my bucket list!
Tips for the Tours
Wear comfortable shoes and clothes.
The caverns boast a warm and wet climate with a temperature of 70 degrees F and a 99% humidity level. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and shoes with good traction for those steep, wet inclines.
Bring your own food and water.
Again, the humidity is pretty high, so having water on hand for the 75 minute tour will make a big difference. No food is allowed inside the caverns, but you still may want to bring a snack for the wait before the tour. The prices at the snack bar are almost as steep as the stairs leading down to the caverns.
And remember, don’t touch!
As tempting as it may be, don’t touch the cavern walls or formations. The oils from your hands can have negative effects on the rock.