Natural Bridge Caverns debuts adventure tour never before seen by guests

A “wild area” at Natural Bridge Caverns is now available for guest tours for the first time.

The St. Mary’s Adventure Tour is the newest expedition in Discovery Cavern, and it shows sections of the cave that have never been seen by guests before.

A news release states that formations seen in the St. Mary’s Adventure Tour are not available in other tours.

Natural Bridge Caverns believes cavers explored the areas as far back as the 1950s.

“Several areas of flowstone and delicate crystals along with stalagmites and stalactites decorate this area,” the release states. “Beautiful lace-like calcite formations exposed by ancient waterflows at the end of the passage is known as ‘box work’ and has been long considered the finest example of this type of formation in the state according to famous caver James Reddell.”

No caving experience is needed to take the expedition.

However, tour guides will provide some rope training to guests because they will need to traverse, ascend and descend.


“This wild area in our cavern has always been one of our favorites,” Brad Wuest, president of Natural Bridge Caverns, said in a news release. “The challenge has been that experiencing it also requires some specialized equipment and training. Now, thanks to the work of our Expedition Team we have the equipment and rigging in place to make the experience accessible to guests who are ready for adventure.”

Natural Bridge Caverns now has two Adventure Tours: the St. Mary’s Adventure Tour and the Discovery Adventure Tour.

The Discover Adventure Tour is “more physically demanding” because participants have to navigate through muddy and tight crawlways, the release states. This tour takes 3.5-4 hours to complete.

The St. Mary’s Adventure Tour is “more technical” because, while it doesn’t require crawling, it does have more

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Brand new adventure tour opens at Natural Bridge Caverns

Even though Natural Bridge Caverns has been around for several decades, new parts of cave still being discovered.

SAN ANTONIO — Looking for a way to beat this scorching heat? Natural Bridge Caverns has a brand new tour that was uncovered by St. Mary’s students. In fact, despite being around for several decades, new parts of cave is still being discovered at Natural Bridge Caverns.

Vice President and co-owner Travis Wuest says this brand new experience offers adventure unlike anything else.

“We just opened a new never before seen section of the cave here for an adventure tour called St. Mary’s Hall and it’s the St. Mary’s adventure tour,” Wuest said. “So, folks are going to step into some wild sections of the cave — there are no trails, no lights. We’re going to provide some caving gear, helmets, harnesses, lights and they’re even going to get to use some of the single roping techniques that some of our caving team even uses while discovering new passages here at the Natural Bridge Caverns.  

If you decide to put on your brave boots and go on the adventure tour, here’s what you can expect.

“You’re going to be in some cases climbing, crawling and traversing over pits and using some ropes and harnesses, as well as a caving helmet and light,” Wuest says. “Our knowledgeable guides are going to lead you through and you’ll learn about the cave and some of the history and geology of the caverns as well. You’re going to get muddy and dirty and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

For the St. Mary’s tour, the equipment is already provided and a tour guide will be guiding you through the two hour long adventure tour but with all things fun, there is something

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