Little did I know that just some miles outside of San Antonio was one of the largest caves in Texas: Natural Bridge Caverns.
At first, I hesitated to go, because was it really worth $20/person to go crawling around in a cave? The answer is yes. Yes, it is. First of all, because the cave was so large, we didn’t have to crawl on our knees. In fact, the entire tour was a comfortable 3/4 mile walk with ample room above our heads most of the time (unless you’re 6′ 6″ like this one dude). Secondly, I saw some incredible natural formations that I’d never have thought to see in Texas.
All was well until I ventured further into the cave where it was a toasty 70 degrees Fahrenheit and 99% humidity. My camera lens fogged up and I couldn’t take any clear pictures using my DSLR. 😦 So tragic! As a result, the rest of these photos were taken with my iPhone (which worked surprisingly well, given the environmental conditions).
Because this cave was still growing, we were not allowed to touch it. The bacteria and oils from our hands stunt its growth. In fact, it was against the law to touch and you could be jailed and fined thousands of dollars if you did!
We reached an area that was large and roomy with fantastic stalactites and stalagmites growing around us.
It may be hard to tell from the photos, but the height of this cave was really impressive. As seen above, I couldn’t capture the entire length of the stalagmites in one frame.
This next area had a beautiful, clear, blue pool where rainwater collected inside. The water was clean enough to drink, but obviously we did no such thing.
Three large stone structures surrounded this pool, and each one had a name that suited its look.
Down below, Emerald Lake:
Our second to last stop was the Hall of the Mountain King.
Finally, we began the steepest ascent to the top of the cave.
I took a short video with my GoPro while walking up the slope. Take a look:
Despite the two-hour wait for an available tour, this offbeat attraction was worth it. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a cave this large before. I went caving once at Catalyst retreat, but it was a tiny cave where we actually had to crawl around to get through. I came out all muddy and scratched! But before I can say I’ve experienced it all, there’s still one more cave that I want to see:
Have you ever been to Natural Bridge Caverns? What other cool caves should I visit?
Thanks for reading!
P.S. Photos of me taken by Lilly and my bro. View more photos in my Texas road trip album.