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Subterranean Adventures of the Hill Country
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
One sure way to escape the impending summer heat is to take a trip underground. The Texas Hill Country has a number of geological wonders aside from its most well-known, Enchanted Rock. The geological formations of the Hill Country, with the sedimentary rock and plentiful aquifers and springs provides for the formation of quite a few caves. So take a couple of hours or a day to journey under the earth to discover what lies beneath our feet. Here are few of the caves you must check out while you're in the Hill Country.
Located on the outskirts of Boerne, Texas, you wouldn't know this gem existed save for the signs. This cool, living cavern is home to spectacular rock formations, and is a steady 64 degrees year round. Cascade Caverns is the only cavern in Texas with an interior waterfall. Expect the guided tour of the cave to take about 45 minutes as you are escorted from corridor to corridor. Make a day of it and plan a picnic on the 105 acre park and enjoy nature trails afterwards.
For more information, please visit www.cascadecaverns.com.
Cave without a Name
Less than 12 miles from Boerne, amidst the rolling hills surrounding Highway 46, Cave Without a Name is another sparkling example of a natural, living cavern. Stalactities, stalagmites, delicate soda straws, cave drapery, magnificent flowstones, rimstone dams and more can be found here. Don't know what any of those are? Take the 60 minute guided tour through six formation rooms to learn all about the formations and their thousands of years of mineral formations.
For more information, please visit www.cavewithoutaname.com.
Caverns of Sonora
It's a bit of a trek to Sonora, the sleepy town halfway to New Mexico, but the Caverns of Sonora are a glorious site. World renowned for its beauty, this cave complex is certainly worth the trip. Vaunted as one of the "most beautiful show caves in the world," the Caverns certainly backs up its claim. The caverns provide a showcase for a stunning array of calcite crystal formations, especially helictites. These helictites are found in extreme abundance, often with a rare purity and complexity. One formation is so densely packed with them it has been dubbed the "Snake pit". The founder of the National Speleological Society, Bill Stephenson, said of the cave after his first visit: "This is the most indescribably beautiful cave in the world, its beauty cannot be exaggerated, not even by a Texan." In 1966, the cavern was designated as a National Natural Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior. Currently, it's one of the most active caves in the world with over 95% of its formations still active. Besides touring the cave, there are several other activities to enjoy, like gemstone panning, exploring the nature trails, campng in an RV or tent or one of the many workshops offered. For more information, please visit www.cavernsofsonora.com.
Inner Space Caverns
The cave was discovered by the Texas Highway Department in 1963 during the construction of Interstate 35 near Georgetown. The cave was opened to the public in 1966. Visitors enter via cable car which is lowered into the cave. Three different levels of tours are available, ranging from a basic guided tour to guided spelunking, with over 1.2 miles of passage being open to the public. Explore this limestone cavern and discover beautiful examples of nature's perfect artwork such as "The Flowing Stone of Time," the mysterious "Lake of the Moon" and the intricate "Soda Straw Balcony." Among the amazing variety of formations found within the cavern you will see beautiful helictites, ancient flowstones, and giant columns. For more information, please visit http://www.myinnerspacecavern.com/home.php.
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