Caves and Mines
Caverns of Sonora Sonora
Where are we going today?
Adventure above ground is exciting, but adventure UNDERGROUND is magical...especially if you're in one of the most beautiful caves in Texas!
The Caverns of Sonora are just near San Antonio and Sonora, and is such a great place for the whole family to have an adventure they will never forget. It's a place where you can see something wonderful that nature created millions of years ago, and it's also a great way for kids to learn about the caverns whilst actually experiencing them first hand!
The guided tours through the caverns are a great way to really get up close and personal to these living caverns. Did you know that your adventure will also happen along crystal corridors 155 feet below the surface?
That also means no matter what the weather, your adventure can be enjoyed! The Caverns are also around 72F (but feel like 85F!) so they are WARM caves - no need for jackets!
The Crystal Palace Tour is one of the most popular tours, as they are quite intimate at only 12 people maximum. This tour will take you through nearly 2 miles of decorated cave passage ways. Just under 2 hours later, and you will arrive in the gift shop having had a magical adventure!
If you want something a little more adventurous, the Discovery Challenge Tour gives you that cave experience but with a difference. An experienced caver will take you through a maze of passageways, where you will then rappel fifty feel into the Devil's Pit, and after 4 hours you will feel like a caving pro!
Caverns of Sonora also offer a Photography Tour.
See - adventure doesn't have to be ABOVE ground for it to be exciting! Have a unique family day out in Texas with the Caverns of Sonora!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$18 - Crystal Palace Tour
- Children$16 (Ages 4 to 11)
- Free Under: 4 years
When can we go?
9am - 5pm winter hours. 8am - 6pm summer hours
All year round, but closed Christmas Day
Schools are more than welcome to explore the caves with advance reservations. They offer group prices, as well as customized tours. There is an underground classroom and gemstone panning addition, perfect for kids up to 6th. .
They have homemade fudge on site!.
Why not bring a picnic and enjoy it out in nature! A great way to really make a day out of it.
Any Top Tips?
If you do bring an animal, they have free onsite kennels as they are not allowed in the caves themselves.
Doing our bit
They have really created a tour that is safe for the environment of the cave. Make sure you help them and the caves by not taking anything away from it.
Need a little extra help?
There are 360 stair steps in the caving tour.
Can I get one of those?
There is a gift shop where you can pick up some great items, and you can pan for gemstones and keep what you find!.
Make sure you bring your camera, and good shoes!.
What people are saying?
by Stephen Lich-Tyler
The Caverns of Sonora are absolutely the most stunning caves I have visited. The crystal formations and the rock formations are exquisite.
If you're driving along I-10 between San Antonio and El Paso, it's a must-see. There's nothing else along that long stretch, so it's a nice place to take a break. (Such a shame that it's so far from civilization, so that more people could see it.)
by Pat Goddard
This is the 12th cavern my wife and I have visited in 10 different states. We also volunteer at one of the most beautiful caverns in the country where I am a guide. I had heard great things about Caverns of Sonora but I was not prepared for what I saw. I was blown away by the beauty of the formations. My wife and I both agree we will have to go back again because the human mind can’t comprehend such a sight in one visit. Don’t miss this one.
by Leandra Louder
Beautiful caverns! Tons of every kind of formations in a very small space. Entire known cavern (so far) is 7 miles and regular tour covers 1 but you will see enough to wear out you camera batteries. Though not handicap accessible, you get more of a true caving experience as some passages are narrow enough to require stepping through sideways or ducking. We lucked out with a knowledgeable young guide from Pennsylvania who had worked two caves before. You do get the chance here to be in a cave quietly with the lights out for a good amount of time...Read More
by James Wilke
Well worth the stop if you are traveling in the area. Great caverns to see with many interesting formations. This is a must see attraction and not too expensive. So glad we stopped to see this area attraction.
by David Johnson
Wow what a great place to stop and experience nature at its best we loved it could not recommend more
by Leandra Louder
Beautiful caverns! Tons of every kind of formations in a very small space. Entire known cavern (so far) is 7 miles and regular tour covers 1 but you will see enough to wear out you camera batteries. Though not handicap accessible, you get more of a true caving experience as some passages are narrow enough to require stepping through sideways or ducking. We lucked out with a knowledgeable young guide from Pennsylvania who had worked two caves before. You do get the chance here to be in a cave quietly with the lights out for a good amount of time as that is part of the tour. Wear good treaded soles as some parts are steep and slick. Friendly staff with good facilities above ground as well.
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