Texas 2013: Natural Bridge Caverns

June 29, 2013

Between Austin and San Antonio along Highway 35, there is a turn-off to the site of Natural Bridge Caverns. This natural cave was created by underground water, and the formations continue to grow because the cave always has dripping water. There are a variety of rather spectacular formations, many of which look like some eerie landscape on an alien planet.

The cavern got its name from a rock formation above ground which creates a “natural bridge.”

Dale is camouflaged by the pattern of light and shadow. This is the path down to the entrance of the caverns for the tour.
Dale is camouflaged by the pattern of light and shadow. This is the path down to the entrance of the caverns for the tour.
A tour guide gives instructions. Behind her is the natural bridge for which the caverns are named.
A tour guide gives instructions. Behind her is the natural bridge for which the caverns are named.

Some caverns are cool, so I took a light sweatshirt – I didn’t need it! The temperature was constant between 70-75 degrees; not cool, but a relief from the 95 degree temperature at the surface!

The following pictures offer a little “tour” inside this interesting cavern. ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Ribbon formations on the ceiling of the cave.

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The light shining on this wall enhances the ripple effect.

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Striking example of ribbon formation (looking up toward ceiling).

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Columns, stalactites and stalagmites

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Ribbons and stalactites on the ceiling

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I used the special effects on my photo software to change the coloring in this photo.

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Thousands of tiny stalactites dot the ceiling here, looking like raindrops frozen in time.

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Spectacular “ribbon” formations look like a curtain or a frozen waterfall.

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Natural Bridge Caverns is definitely worth a visit for visitors to the San Antonio area. There are plenty of other “kitschy” tourist places for kids, especially, along the road that leads to the site! Outside the cavern is a large structure for climbing high ropes, zip lining, etc.?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

7 thoughts on “Texas 2013: Natural Bridge Caverns

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  2. OK, maybe I’m mistaken. The guide who took us into the cave was a woman, but there were others standing outside the entrance to the cave, so this might be one of them. I don’t remember what our guide looked like; I just assumed this person was she.

  3. This cave looks very similar to the one I have been to in South India(Belum caves).
    It’s fascinating to see different formations of stalagmites and stalactites!

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