|Natural Bridge Cavern and
Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
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The 60-foot natural limestone slab bridge that spans the amphitheater setting of the entrance to the Natural
Bridge Caverns. The Natural Bridge Caverns is located at 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road, Natural
Bridge Caverns, TX.
On January 25, 2019, we drove north about 28 miles from San Antonio to tour the fantastic Natural Bridge
Caverns and the nearby Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch as part of our 3-day tour of San Antonio.
Natural Bridge Cavern is the largest stunning show cavern in Texas where visitors can see amazing variety of
beautiful formations such as flowstones, stalactites, chandeliers, stalagmites, soda straws, etc.
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Absolutely gorgeous! Full of beautiful and complex structures.
The Natural Bridge Caverns is not an ordinary cave. This cavern is huge, one of the largest underground
attractions in Texas! Daily guided tours allow guests to explore large underground chambers and see amazing
huge formations of dripstones, flowstones stalactites hanging from ceiling or ledges, stalagmites rise from the
cavern floor towards the ceiling, soda straws (hollow stalactites), columns, calcite crystal deposit, etc.
The largest chamber is bigger than a football field.
The caverns are definitely a must see/do. The views are spectacular.
We took the basic tour (Discovery Tour) which was just fine for us, the retirees at senior age. The walking
path is very well done and has a stainless steel handrail throughout.
It is a great way to get your daily exercise in. The hiking trail in the caverns goes down 180 feet, then climb
back up. It is equivalent to going down and up an 18-story tall building with no elevator.
(There is a more challenging and strenuous option of Hidden Passage Tour into different areas for younger
However, you have to be reasonably fit physically. The tour guide warns those with health issues. There are
no elevators, the hiking trail goes down about 180 feet, you will have to walk back up, equivalent to going
down 18 stories of a building, then climb back up. There are a lot of downhill, uphill and stairs along the way.
It does get quite steep at times, and some people seemed to struggle with it. Ascending to the exit is quite a
workout. The inside temperature is 70 degrees F and the humidity is 99% with some water dropping on us as
we walked. It was quite a trek! It was also quite muggy. So if you have breathing issues, heart condition or
other health problems - beware!
It is amazing.
The cave has several large chambers that you’ll enter, each with unique and fantastic formations.
I have been to several caverns and this one is by far the wettest one that I have been in.
It is quite a challenge for photographers to take pictures in this cavern. Beside the issue of low light
condition, the 70 degree temperature and 99% humidity in the cavern cause the water vapor condensation
on the lens of the camera quickly such that the camera cannot see and cannot focus well. I have to use soft
tissue to wipe off water condensation on the lens almost constantly to be able to take some decent pictures.
The formations are so beautiful, it’s natural art at its best. The caverns are full of strange-looking rock
formations of stalactites, stalagmites, dripping rock columns, soda straws or tooth picks like stones hanging
from the ceiling, barnacle-like or coral-like popcorns, flowstones, dripstones, curtain-like or drape-like stone
It is gorgeous inside. The sights and the experience are fantastic.
Amazing formations and sights.
The zig-zag path to go from the waiting area down to the entrance of the caverns.
Texas is blessed with some of the nation's most interesting "show" caves. In Texas, more than 5,000 caves
have been surveyed . South Central Texas is one of the best regions in Texas for caving and there are more
than 1,000 caves within 40 miles of San Antonio. The Natural Bridge Cavern is the largest known commercial
cavern in the state of Texas.
From the waiting area looking down to the entrance of Natural Bridge Caverns. A group of visitors are listening
to the tour guide before entering the caverns.
Four options of cavern tour are available.
Option 1 is the Discovery Tour, the Caverns’ original tour of the first half-mile of the cave network where
enormous and elaborate natural stonework continues to grow in the slowly seeping water.
Option 2 is the Hidden Passages Tour to see some of the cavern network’s most unusual and delicate
Option 3 is the Lantern Tour and see the cavern by the light of your cave lantern just like the discoverers saw it.
Option 4 is the most challenging option for younger and adventurous people, the Hidden Passages Adventure
Tour. You’ll be outfitted with all the necessary caving gear including a rope harness, helmet and helmet light
then lowered down a 160-foot shaft for a true deep cave experience, including crawling on your stomach
through narrow passages.
In the large open area near the waiting area, there are 60-foot towers and 2-Way Canopy Zip-Lines for
interested visitors to "fly" 2-way round trip across the scenic Texas Hill Country.
In addition to the Canopy Zip-Lines, there
is also Canopy Explorer Ropes Course
which will test your agility on over 40
different obstacles while you are on the 4
story, 60-foot-high Adventure Course.
The ticket office for interested visitors to buy ticket to enjoy the Canopy Zip-Lines and Canopy Explorer Ropes
The safety harnesses, gears, devices and tools for visitors to enjoy the Canopy Zip-Lines and Canopy
Explorer Ropes Course safely.
There is also an outdoor maze area as " A Maze Ranch Roundup". But I did not go to that area and I have no
pictures to show.
One of several Texas longhorn cattle seen in Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch.
One of several giraffe
One of the giant horn cattle, Watusi. They are well known for their impressive, upturned horns which can each
reach 5 ft (150 cm) in length. They are also known as the Cattle of Kings.
Two of many handsome zebras.
After touring the Natural Bridge Caverns, we came to tour the nearby Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch located at
26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd, San Antonio, TX 78266. It is a Texas-style African safari for visitors to
drive their own cars on six miles of paved ranch road through 450 acres of rolling hills, creek beds, and
magnificent live oak trees to watch over 500 wild animals from 40 exotic, native and endangered animal
species worldwide in a free-roaming 450 acre environment.
Emu is the second-largest living bird by height, after its ratite relative, the ostrich.
Once the visitor gets to the admissions booth and pays the entrance fee, the visitor gets a safari map and a
bag of food pellets. The visitors can feed these animals straight from their cars as they drive through the
Many animals here including this Emu love these food pallets, sometimes stick their heads inside visitor's car
to get the food pellets.
Grey Crowned Crane is found in eastern and southern Africa, and is the national bird of Uganda. The plumage
of grey-crowned crane is mainly grey with pale-grey neck and black and white wings. More beautiful pictures
of gray crowned crane can be seen here.
Gemsbok or South African oryx (Oryx gazelle) is a large antelope in the genus Oryx. It is native to the arid
regions of Southern Africa, such as the Kalahari Desert.
Wildebeest also called gnus, is native to Africa.
Ostrich, the largest and heaviest living bird. The amazing speed of the ostrich is helpful in outrunning
predators. Their long legs can cover 10 to 16 feet in a single stride. They may use their wings as "rudders"
to help them change direction while running. The ostrich can also use its powerful legs to kick like a
kangaroo. Ostrich kicks can kill a human or a potential predator like a lion. Ostriches can also defend
themselves with a 4-inch sharp claw on each foot.
May be a Dama Gazelle.
Dama Gazelle, this antelope is the largest gazelle species. They live on dry land of Africa.
We enjoyed very much this tour of Natural Bridge Caverns and Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch.
After our 3-day tour of San Antonio including downtown River Walk area, Natural Bridge Caverns and Natural
Bridge Wildlife Ranch, we drove south on Highway 37 to the coastal Texas areas to start our tour for
fantastic bird watching and dolphin watching along coastal Texas areas, especially on Galveston Island. The
results from the tour of coastal Texas are on my web page at:
The results from our tour of downtown areas of San Antonio including River Walk, The Alamo and Tower of
the Americas are on my web page at:
Another part of our 2-week tour of Texas in January 2019 is:
Happy Tour of NASA Space Center in Houston, Texas
Some animals eat the food pellets right from visitor's hand inside the car. Some other animals pick up the food
pellets from the road surface.