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Discovered by four college students in 1960, the Natural Bridge Caverns are the largest known commercial caverns in the state of Texas. Named after the 60-foot natural limestone slab bridge that spans the amphitheater setting of the entrance, this cavern system once provided shelter to native peoples as early as 5,000 BC. It has since become one of the most popular natural attractions in the San Antonio area and has been dubbed a U.S. National Natural Landmark. The property where the caverns reside has been developed over the years to better accommodate visitors, with concrete walking trails and lighting in the caverns, outdoor adventure opportunities within the caves, and other attractions nearby. Public tours take guests 180 feet below the surface, although undeveloped areas of the cavern reach depths of 230 feet and many of the cavern’s passages have yet to be explored.
From tours of the ancient subterranean geography to high-flying aerial adventures, the Natural Bridge Caverns have opportunities for everyone to explore the stunning beauty of Texas Hill Country. Below are just some of the fan-favorite attractions and activities available at the caverns:
The most popular tour, this half-mile trek highlights the major features of the cavern system. Your guide will take your group 180 feet underground and point out the ancient stalagmites, stalactites, flowstones, and other geological formations along the way.
This tour offers a more in-depth exploration of the caverns. The pathway features unusual rock formations, from the long “soda straw” stalactites to waves of “cave ribbon.” Ever wonder what it’s like to be a bat living in the cavern? At one point during the tour, your guide will turn off the man-made lights and envelope your group in total darkness.
Do these normal tour options just not cut it for your group’s adventurous spirit? Blaze your own trail away from the concrete pathways and handrails with this underground excursion! Experienced cavern staff will guide your band of explorers off the beaten path by hiking, climbing, and rappelling through the cavern’s vast network of caves!
Don’t limit your trip to the underground caverns and walkways below. Take to skies with any of the thrilling Canopy Explorer adventures! Challenge your friends and family to a day of friendly competition on the ropes course, teach your little ones balance and confidence with the Sky Tykes obstacle course, or watch the Texas Hill Country landscape zoom by beneath you on a zip-line!
Join the Natural Bridge Caverns family in observing the largest single gathering of mammals on Earth! Every summer, millions of bats roost in Bracken Cave, a few miles from the caverns. Visitors are invited to watch as the colony alights into the Texas sunset every night from late May through August.
With so much to see and do at the Natural Bridge Caverns, your tour group will not want to miss any of these adventurous attractions. Make sure your group makes the most of your excursion by planning out the details ahead of time. Luckily, we’ve put together some tips that can save your group time and money when coordinating your next trip to this natural wonder:
There are no public transportation services that reach Natural Bridge Caverns. Rideshare programs are not recommended, considering visitors may have to wait an hour or more for their ride to arrive. However, by booking a private bus rental through National Charter Bus, your group will have a reliable ride to and from the caverns. Your personal driver will stick to the schedule you create, picking you up and dropping you off whenever and wherever best suits your group of explorers.
Most tour opportunities and adventure activities last between one and four hours, so visitors who want to take on multiple cavern excursions should either schedule wisely or plan their trip over multiple days. If you do extend your visit, be considerate of your driver’s accommodations. Some hotels provide discounted room and board for your personal bus driver, so keep this in mind if you plan to use a bus service for the full duration of your time in the area. Be sure to coordinate lodging and hotel parking plans with your driver beforehand so you save money and ensure everyone’s comfort.
While cavern guests may purchase tickets to most tours and adventures upon arrival, ticket pricing changes daily and depends heavily on demand. Veteran Natural Bridge Caverns visitors recommend buying your tour tickets as far in advance as possible to ensure the best pricing and availability.
While you’re reserving your cavern adventures, why not get a jumpstart on the bus rental process? While we can handle last-minute reservations, we suggest booking your charter bus or minibus transportation between six and eight months before your trip to guarantee all your desired amenities. With all the travel logistics squared away early on, your group can look forward to your trip without the stress of making plans at the eleventh hour.
Regardless of the outside temperature and weather, inside the caverns, the temperature is constantly 70 degrees Fahrenheit and feels like 80 degrees due to the relative 99% humidity. While many of the general cave tours have paved pathways, these trails can get steep and slick, so guests should wear comfortable walking shoes with good traction. If your group is planning an outing after your cavern tour, or if they’d simply like to change clothes or shoes afterwards, be sure to book a bus with plenty of space to safely store their things. Don’t worry; with a private bus plan, your driver can look after all your personal belongings while you traverse the caverns.
If you’re looking to add a unique, local touch to your next private event, consider hosting your upcoming get-together at the Natural Bridge Caverns! Impress your guests with the natural beauty and scenic gathering spaces this Texas wonder has available. The cavern grounds offer a variety of venues to suit celebrations and ceremonies of all kinds, from fun-filled birthday parties to elegant corporate dinners to extravagant wedding receptions.
The closest hotels to the caverns are located eight miles away in the city of Schertz. If your private engagement requires guests to stay the night, make sure they have a reliable ride to and from the venue with a private shuttle. National Charter Bus offers a variety of models and sizes to suit any group, from a compact 18-passenger minibus, 20-passenger minibus, or 25-passenger minibus or a charter bus that can accommodate 56-passengers. Whether your gathering needs a quick, ongoing shuttle service to and from the hotels or a full-sized charter bus to transport guests from across the state, we can assemble the perfect fleet for your event. You can even upgrade your passengers’ experience with amenities like reclining seats, power outlets, luggage bays, and more. Your guests can stay connected with on-board WiFi, get the party started with auxiliary ports and a PA system, or simply watch the gorgeous Texas landscape roll by through panoramic windows. No matter how they pass the time, they will arrive at your private event safely, on-time, and refreshed.
Ready to dive into your own underground adventure? National Charter Bus can make your trip to the Natural Bridge Caverns easier than ever. We service cities throughout Texas and across the country, from Dallas to Chicago, which means we can design the perfect transportation plan for all your travel needs. Our team is available 24/7 to assist you with the reservation process and answer any questions you may have. Give them a call at 210-343-2190 to get started!