History and Discovery
In March of 1960, Orion Knox Jr., Preston Knodell, Al Brandt and Joe Cantu, four college students from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, obtained permission to explore the area that is now Natural Bridge Caverns. The students were convinced that large underground passages existed under the amazing 60-foot limestone bridge. On their fourth expedition, Orion felt a cool draft from a rubble-filled crawlway. Such air currents often indicate the presence of additional rooms or passages.
The explorers made their way carefully climbing and crawling through two miles of vast cavern passage. After making this amazing discovery, they returned to the surface to tell the landowners. The discoverers knew immediately what an astonishing find they had made and the land owners decided to develop the first 1/2 mile, the most spectacular part of the caverns, for the enjoyment of guests from around the world. That first 1/2 mile is now the Discovery Tour. Natural Bridge Caverns Discovery Tour was developed with two main goals in mind: preservation of the cavern environment and comfort of its guests. The result is one of the world premier show caverns, and one of the most popular attractions in Texas.
I went to the caverns on my birthday with my family a year or so ago. It was a lot of fun! It was in the middle of summer so being in a cool cavern was a nice break from the heat. Make sure you bring a light jacket and good walking shoes! There is a lot of walking and steps. I have been to these caverns twice now and each time, I have enjoyed my experience. Definitely recommend.
Went here on a weekend while on a visit to Austin. Amazing place! Got first hand visuals of something that you read about in text books. Took the basic discovery tour. There are other adventure tours also available. The formations like chandelier are really amazing and worth seeing. Cost is a little on the higher side but worth it. Check out some of the photos
Amazing privately owned caverns that are well maintained and easy to see. Highly recommend this when you're in the area. The whole park is beautiful - it was cool when we were there, so we didn't spend much time outside, but it was lovely.
This place is amazing! The ropes course was tons of fun! We took the discovery tour and it's absolutely gorgeous down there. I highly recommend visiting the caverns.
Love the cave tours, so amazing! It's a little pricey so I only go once a year. Also, they have fantastic events at Christmas time like caroling in the caverns and a hay ride with light displays. That is a must see!