Wild Cave Spelunking
Saturdays - 9:00 AM
May through June:
Saturdays - 9:00 AM
Sundays - 1:00 PM
- This cave was created during the Ice Age and first used by Comanche Indians over 400 years ago
- Staff specialists guide you into parts of the cave not shown on regular tours
- Crawl, climb and squeeze through small passages
- View formations only seen by professional spelunkers
As one of Texas' river-formed caverns, Longhorn Cavern is full of wonderful and exciting discoveries.
Early records indicate that the Comanche Indians were the first to use the cavern dating back to over 400 years ago.
In more recent history, the cavern was used as a Confederate stronghold where gunpowder was manufactured in secret during the Civil War.
The cavern is also rumored to have been the hideout of Sam Bass, a legendary Texas outlaw.
Now you can enjoy your day on this private spelunking adventure as you explore Longhorn Cavern the Wild Way! Crawl, climb and squeeze through small passages.
During this 1 1/2 - 2 hour tour you will view formations that were only seen by professional spelunkers up until just a few years ago.
Our specialists will guide you into parts of the cave not shown on regular tours. Small passageways and getting very dirty are definitely part of this tour, so it's not recommended for everyone.
Special protective equipment such as hard hats, elbow and knee pads and flashlights are provided.
- Gear and Souvenir T-shirt included.
- Age 11 and above. Small children and adults with health problems are discouraged from participating in this particular tour.
- The tour is rather physical and not appropriate for all. Be sure to check the "WHAT TO WEAR" section to ensure you have everything you'll need and know what you'll need to rent.
- There is a minimum of 6 participants necessary for the tour to run.
15 participants. There is a minimum of 6 participants necessary for the tour to run.
This experience is for the participants only
This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the Experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What to Wear:
Helmet, Long Pants with Belt No Shorts, Elbow Pads, Knee Pads, Light attached to helmet is best, Tennis Shoes or Hiking Boots, Towel, Change of Clothes
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 21 days in advance.
Once you have received a booking confirmation, cancellations and rebookings are allowed up to 14 days prior to the Experience. Failure to appear on your booked date or to cancel and rebook at least 14 days prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your Experience.
Is the cave safe?
Absolutely! A guided tour of the cave is quite safe and you are required to stay with the tour guide. Unmarked parts of the cave are not lit and my contain uneven terrain.
Is it cold inside the cave?
No, it stays about 68 degrees year round. You are constantly walking, so generally most people are comfortable in their seasonal clothing and light jacket is optional. They also strongly recommend comfortable, non-slip walking shoes. The gift shop has a large selection of warm, comfortable, and affordable sweat shirts and jackets for purchase.
Can we take a stroller on the tour?
Yes, but be advised that there are 52 stairs to get down into and out of the cave. Once inside the cave it is fairly level terrain and stroller friendly.
Is it wheelchair accessible?
Yes, above ground. However, for the tour there are 52 stairs to get down into and out of the cave. Once inside the cave it is fairly level terrain.
Can I take a rock from inside the cave?
Never touch or damage stalactites or other cave formations. These take thousands of years to grow. Even a light touch of a finger is enough to mar one! Our general rule is this- take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time.
Can we take pictures in the cave?
Yes, still photography is allowed. We do not allow video cameras for safety reasons.
Is there any place to eat?
Yes, there is a grill there that offers an extensive menu with daily summer specials, in house catering, a snack bar and is open daily during cave hours. On Sundays they offer a buffet lunch from 11am- 2pm. This is a favorite of the locals; you may want to give it a try if you are here on the weekends.
What is the policy about food in the park?
They allow you to bring your own picnic to enjoy and the park does offer outdoor picnic tables. Also please make sure you deposit all trash in the trash receptacles when done.
Are gratituities included in the price?
No, there are no gratuities added to your public ticket prices. The tour guides and grill staff work hard to make your experience a great one and gratuities are gratefully accepted.
Are there bats in the cave?
There are only about a dozen Eastern Pipistrelle bats in the cave. They do not hang out together, they are loners. Typically, you only get to see one every now and then during the winter months when they are hibernating.
Are there bathrooms inside the cave?
There are no bathrooms inside the cave. It is recommended that restrooms be used prior to cavern tour.
I'm claustrophobic, are there any tight spaces in the cave?
There is a 20 foot section of the tour where the ceiling height is 4 feet and the walls are 7 feet wide on the tour. In this area, the tours generally can walk stooped over (unless you are shorter than 4 feet tall), 2 people side by side. If a problem arises the tour guide will assist in getting you escorted from the cavern tour.
My child is afraid of the dark. Are there any places on the tour where there is total darkness?
On occasion the tour guide may show visitors what it is like in total darkness. If you or your child has a fear of total darkness, please advise your tour guide at the beginning of your tour and ask them not to do total darkness.
Are dogs allowed?
Yes, dogs are allowed to visit the outside areas of the park if kept on a leash. Pets are not allowed inside the cavern or buildings. Pets must be supervised at all times and never left unattended.
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