Longhorn Cavern Wild Cave Tour

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife

If you’re fit, flexible and like crawling around on your hands and knees – make reservations to go on the Wild Cave Tour at Longhorn Cavern State Park.

This is billed as an adventure tour. And, it’s about one and half to two hours in length. And it’s a crawling tour, or what people refer to as a flashlight tour.

Kaye Barlow, Operations Manager at the site, says this tour is physically demanding.

That means it is not recommended for anyone who is physically out of shape, or who is very large. We’ve had people of size that have gone through with no problem, but they’re in good shape.

If you’re strong, flexible and able to crawl extended distances without pain, discomfort, or frequent stopping, you may enjoy this tour. The cavern is nine miles southwest of Burnet in the Hill Country; wild cave participants access parts of the cavern that are not seen on any other tour.

There are small passageways, and getting dirty is definitely part of this tour. It’s not recommended for every guest. Equipment is required, like hard hats, elbow and knee pads, and flashlight. You can bring your own or rent for us. Generally it’s on Saturdays, but we also take reservations at other times during the week, providing you have six people that want to go. And then, we can get a tour guide.

The cost of the tour is $35; $50, if you rent equipment from the park. Find registration information at passporttotexas.org.

That’s our show for today… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

September 2007 — Longhorn Cavern SP — Wild Cave Tour — Explore the caverns the way the early spelunkers did. Our experienced guide will take you to primitive parts of the cave not seen on the regular walking tour. You will crawl, climb and scoot through tight spaces. Special equipment, hardhat (required), flashlight, elbow and knee pads, are highly recommended for this tour. Bring your own or rent from us for $15 for the whole package. 9:30-11:30 a.m.; fee $35 per person; reservations required (877) 441-2283 or (512) 756-4680

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